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Bike thefts on the rise after weekend incidents in Arlington area

Bike thefts are on the rise in Arlington, Va. after weekend incidents. Monday, July 17, 2017 (ABC7 photo)

As the popularity of cycling continues to grow in Arlington another trend continues to grow with it, “There has been a little bit of a spike in bike thefts in our office.” Henry Dunbar is an active member of the local cycling community, and says two high-end bicycles- one worth nearly $2,000 were stolen from the garage in his office in Arlington.

And an ABC7 News employee had two bikes stolen from a bike storage locker in a building on Wilson Boulevard, a $2,000 loss, “There’s a very robust online sales market so the thieves can get them and quickly move the bikes through a variety of places," says Dunbar.

Arlington Police have seen an increase in bike thefts in the first half of this year compared to last year. They say cyclists need to be especially careful this time of year.

“A lot of times people don’t understand the scope of the bike theft problem in the area," says Mike Bleakley, who works at Fresh Bikes in Ballston, where some bikes cost up to $7,000.

He says organized groups of sophisticated thieves will often target Arlington because they know many cyclists ride expensive bikes here and some of them can be careless, “We see too often people locking up really nice bikes with an easy cable lock that can be cut in five seconds”.

Monday Properties, which owns the building on Wilson Boulevard where two bikes have recently been stolen, says it is aware of the situation and working with police on the situation.

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