Bike thieves hitting downtown hi-rise buildings

Denver police released photos of two men they said are breaking into apartments and condos downtown and stealing bicycles. (Photo: Denver police)

Denver police released photos of two men they said are breaking into apartments and condos downtown and stealing bicycles. (Photo: Denver police)

DENVER — More than 30 high-end bikes have been stolen by a pair of daring day-light thieves, who police said are working garage areas of big apartment and condo developments in and around downtown Denver.

“These two are getting in the front door ‘piggy-back’ style,” said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson. “That is, they wait for a card holder to get admitted then they catch the door before it closes allowing them access to the garage and storage areas where bikes are locked up and stored.”

The pair were caught on camera in at least one building playing their piggy-back entry game and they were also captured on video in the garage, cutting locks and making off with expensive bikes, Jackson said.

At Turin Bicycles, owner Alan Fine said buying a good lock can help prevent theft, but a good U-lock or high steel chain can cost you a bit more than $100.

But, when you spend thousands on a bike, Jackson said, “Don’t buy a two dollar lock.”

Denver police released video of the alleged thieves. In it you can see them getting into buildings without key cards, casing the bike racks in the garage, cutting locks and then riding off.

Police also have very good images of the pair waiting to get into buildings and they have put up a reward for information identifying the suspects.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.  There is a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.