Three high-end bikes stolen in three days in Vail |

Three high-end bikes stolen in three days in Vail

Bikes are worth $5,500-$6,000 each

The theft at the Base Camp store at the top of Bridge Street in Vail occurred at around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
Jon Scharfencamp |

VAIL — Police are investigating a rash of high-end bike thefts in Vail this week, including a smash and grab from a Vail Village storefront.

Two bikes were stolen in separate incidents Sunday and Tuesday from Base Camp at the top of Bridge Street.

A mountain bike was also taken off a car bike rack at City Market in West Vail some time between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police reports.

The Base Camp bikes were worth $5,500 and $6,000, said Mike Brumbaugh, owner of Venture Sports, which runs Base Camp. The third stolen bike was worth a similar amount, said Cmdr. Ryan Kenney with the Vail Police Department.

The thief smashed a display window of Base Camp and made off with the bike around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Base Camp is on Hanson Ranch Road at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village.

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The bike was a $5,500 bright orange Pinarello Prince road bike.

A couple of helmets and a couple of jerseys that were in the display case were also stolen, Brumbaugh said.

On Sunday at the Vail store, someone stole a $6,000 downhill bike that was sitting outside the store, Brumbaugh said. An employee went looking for the stolen bike and found it in a pickup truck parked on a nearby street, he said. The employee took a photo of the truck’s license plate and sent it to police, he said.

“It’s a small community, and (thieves) are getting more and more brazen,” Brumbaugh said. “I want to get the word out so people lock their bikes and people pay attention.”

The three cases remain under investigation, Kenney said.

From Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, 2018, Vail Police said they took reports of 22 bikes stolen — 19 mountain bikes, two road bikes and one e-bike — in 15 separate incidents. About 25% of the bikes were unlocked, police said.

“These bicycles have been stolen from balconies, patios and bike racks — both locked and unlocked — at various times of the day and night,” Vail police said last August in a press release, adding that the thefts spanned from East Vail to the Golf Course to Vail Village to Lionshead.

Two of the 22 bikes were later recovered, police said.

Vail police said Wednesday that no suspects were identified in the 2018 cases because the thefts occurred out of sight of surveillance cameras.

However, in August 2018 police did release a surveillance image of a person of interest in the case that they believed had information about the thefts.

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