Security footage captured a brazen burglary at Irwindale Cycles in Irwindale, California, where thieves made off with approximately $40,000 worth of high-end bicycles and accessories. The break-in occurred in the early morning hours of August 28. Five masked suspects were seen using an angle grinder to cut through the steel security gate at the back door of the shop. They targeted the most expensive bikes, including Bianchis valued at over $1,700 each, along with other premium brands.
Norma and Walter Corlindres, the owners of Irwindale Cycles, expressed shock and devastation over the incident. The couple, who have been in business for over two decades, invested their life savings into the shop, which has become popular among local cyclists. The theft has left them on the verge of permanent closure, unsure of how they will recover from the significant damage and loss of inventory.
The community has rallied around the Corlindres family, offering support and expressing their deep concern. Customers like Christel Sayegh, who have a strong connection to the owners, are devastated by the potential closure of the shop. Irwindale Cycles has served as a gathering place for local cyclists and a hub for mentoring aspiring riders.
Shortly after the burglary, photos showed two men riding the Metro A-Line with several brand-new bikes from Irwindale Cycles, still bearing price tags. The images were taken on the morning of August 28 as the men disembarked at the Memorial Park station in Pasadena. While the police are aware of the photos, they have not confirmed whether the individuals depicted are suspects in the case.
Despite the immense loss, the Corlindres family remains grateful for the outpouring of support from the local community. They hope that someone will recognize the suspects and aid in their capture before they target another business. Community members are planning a group bike ride to show solidarity with the shop, although a date for the event has yet to be determined.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to assist Irwindale Cycles in recovering from the theft.