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From the Sun Sentinel
More than 50 bicycles and parts worth up to $200,000 were stolen from a Pompano Beach business and the owner says the burglars knew what they were doing.
“They are obviously people who knew our facility in and out,” said Tom Stradalli, owner of Stradalli Cycle.
“They picked all the high-end bikes,” he said. “They only picked the ones with carbon fiber, they only picked the newest models, they only picked the lightweight bikes.”
The break-in happened about 11 p.m. Sunday in the warehouse store at 1405 SW 10th Ave., he said.
There were no surveillance cameras inside the 17,000 square-foot building, but a security camera from a neighboring business recorded the burglars loading the expensive bicycles into a truck outside, he said.
“The alarm went off, the police came instantly,” Stradalli said. “The Broward Sheriff’s Office came with the fingerprint people and the canines.”
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said deputies who were called to the scene estimated nearly $189,000 worth of property was taken.
Stradalli thinks the burglars had been to the business previously because they knew exactly which bikes to take, focusing mainly on Dura Ace, Dura Ace electronics DI2 and those with carbon wheels, he said.
“They didn’t take the $100 wheels or the $200 wheels. They took $1,500 wheel sets,” he said. “An $1,800 bike they would leave and a $5,000 one they would take.”
Those responsible for the theft did leave behind a bar that was used to pry open a back door. Investigators recovered it and were examining it for evidence, Stradalli said.
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