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UPDATE: Valuable bicycles stolen in Valencia

Posted: March 6, 2014 12:57 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2014 6:40 p.m.
The stolen black Cipollini bicycle is valued at $12,000.  The stolen black Cipollini bicycle is valued at $12,000. 
<p>The stolen black Cipollini bicycle is valued at $12,000.</p><br /><br /><p> </p>
The stolen red Specialized Turbo&nbsp; E-bike is valued at $6,000.&nbsp; The stolen red Specialized Turbo&nbsp; E-bike is valued at $6,000.&nbsp;
<p>The stolen red Specialized Turbo  E-bike is valued at $6,000.</p><br /><br /><p> </p>

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s detectives are looking for thieves who stole two rare and expensive bicycles valued together at $18,000, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station incident log.

Sometime between 9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Monday, thieves gained access to the offices of Hi-Torque Publications on Anza Drive in Valencia, according to the deputy who responded to the burglary call and filed the report.

Although the bikes were not locked, they were left in a locked lower-level office at the business, the deputy wrote in his report.

A Hi-Torque official reportedly told the deputy, “He entered the office and immediately noticed the bicycles were missing, as both have a high value and are relatively rare in nature.”

One bike, valued at $12,000, is a black Cipollini bicycle. The other is a red “specialized Turbo E-bike” valued at $6,000, the deputy wrote.

Before he reported the theft, the company official checked with his employees to make sure none had the bikes.

The investigating deputy said he found no signs of forced entry and noted that the company’s alarm system had not been triggered over the weekend the bikes went missing.

Hi-Torque has been in operation since 1971 and publishes magazines dealing with dirt bikes and motocross. It issued a statement calling for the return of the two bikes.

“Hi-Torque asks that the cycling community please spread the word to local bike shops, particularly in the Southern California area,” the statement read. “Both bikes are quite rare, so they should be easy to spot when they turn up, especially as they each require battery chargers to fully function.”

Also last weekend, in a separate incident, deputies responded to reports of a bicycle theft that happened on Del Monte Drive in Valencia in which a black Hercules bicycle valued at $1,200 was stolen along with its $50 metal chain lock.

Thieves snipped the chain locking the bike around a pole inside a parking structure, the responding deputy wrote.

Thieves targeting local high-end bicycles first gained the public eye last May when deputies reported thieves using blowtorches stealing high-end bikes locked in front of locations in downtown Valencia.

“These thieves are using some type of blowtorches to remove the bicycle locks,” Deputy Josh Dubin said at the time. “The bicycles that are stolen are high-end bicycles often times with high-end, nice locking devices.”
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