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CeramicSpeed's Stolen Bikes Worth $80,000 Recovered After Suspect Visited Local Bike Shop

Apr 8, 2022 at 5:44
by Ed Spratt  
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All three bikes taken from CeramicSpeed offices in Boulder have been recovered after being stolen last week.

Last Wednesday evening, the CeramicSpeed office was broken into with the thieves taking an all black Cervelo P5 Triathlon bike and a Canyon Lux, both with chainless drivetrains, and a dark blue Specialized Turbo Levo that featured a standard drivetrain.

After the bikes were stolen on Wednesday, March 30, local bike shop Full Cycle noticed a customer coming in with a bike that looked like the Turbo Levo eMTB and a pair of boltcutters in his backpack. After selling the customer a pump to fix a flat tire, the shop quickly called the police and the person was arrested two hours later. The arrest of the suspect led to the recovery of the Turbo Levo eMTB and one of the prototype bikes. Full Cycle owner Russ Chandler told Bicycle Retailer "The guy came in with a flat and we sold him a hand pump, then called police. He left, but the police caught up with him 2 hours later." In an email shared with Bicycle Retailer, Russ Chandler said: "It was so obvious that this guy was a thief. He even had bolt cutters in his backpack!"

This week, the final prototype bike was found after a member of the community spotted it in a different part of the city. Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said: "I am so proud of the great work done by everyone involved with these cases. I'd like to thank the community members who spotted these bikes, knew something didn't look right and called us."

Currently, the police have not released the name of the suspect who visited Full Cycle and no more details are available while the investigation is ongoing. Boulder Police did share that during the investigation, they did discover numerous other stolen items including electronics, packages from vehicles and more bikes. A press release from Boulder Police said detectives are still cataloguing items and are looking into multiple charges of burglary, vehicle trespassing, theft and more.

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115 Comments
  • 343 1
 Even bike thieves support their LBS.
  • 176 1
 Heck yeah! Boulder PD returned my dirtjumper to me after it was stolen months before. They really do care about bike theft. And big props to the community for looking out!
  • 19 15
 There are also homeless encampments that are filled with bike parts. Boulder PD is pretty selective about what bike theft they pursue—which is clearly minimal
  • 25 3
 I just cannot fathom the concept law enforcement even trying to deal with such issues, let alone retrieving a stolen bike to someone. Its science fiction as far as i am concerned
  • 31 11
 @foxinsocks: Law enforcement isnt allowed to deal with most issues these days and when they actually do, some judge lets them off with minimal punishment and they back doing their crime again the same day.
  • 2 2
 @KUNTHER: sounds all too familiar. Although I must say your law enforcement system is usually much stricter than ours over here. But i guess anecdotal stories about cops returning stolen bikes can be found anywhere.
  • 11 2
 @KUNTHER: and before you know it, they're campaigning for office again!
  • 4 9
flag kleinblake (Apr 8, 2022 at 16:28) (Below Threshold)
 @KUNTHER: love going online and making stuff up
  • 10 13
 @KUNTHER:
Sad but true. City leaders don’t allow law enforcement to do their job properly. In Portland you would never get your bike back, and the criminal would never be arrested. The Police are fed up and hate they can’t do their jobs. “Enforce the law and you will lose your benefits and pension.”
  • 8 6
 @wda1wustl: go back to breitbart
  • 6 2
 @SterlingArcher: talk to a police officer in a big city, probably surpise the shit out of ya.
  • 4 8
flag SterlingArcher (Apr 9, 2022 at 17:22) (Below Threshold)
 @brncr6: go back to Qanon
  • 2 1
 @SterlingArcher: I was born in America
where is qanon??? Is that in china??
  • 1 5
flag SterlingArcher (Apr 10, 2022 at 17:26) (Below Threshold)
 @brncr6: lol you should have stayed in school you worthless pos
  • 4 3
 @SterlingArcher: still where is qanon??? Some one has got their girly panties all in bunch. Youf mom must be so proud of you. Your probably her favorite internet tough guy.
  • 1 7
flag SterlingArcher (Apr 12, 2022 at 8:53) (Below Threshold)
 @brncr6: you would know since you’re the retard incest love child of your mom and your uncle HAHAHA. You people don’t belong in the big cities anyway. Can’t hang with us rich folks. Have a great life! I know I will Big Grin
  • 4 1
 @SterlingArcher: Albuquerque is a great example of a city where lenient sentencing has resulted in an increase in crime and inefficacy of policing. Nothing mythical about it. It’s possible to wealthy and liberal while not being retarded, which you are surely failing at doing
  • 3 2
 @SterlingArcher: new york, now I get why your an internet tough guy, you talk like a tough guy on the streets on NY and you wouldn't make it home in one piece. New YorkFor the month of February 2022, New York City saw a 58.7% increase in overall index crime compared to February 2021 (9,138 v. 5,759). Every major index crime category saw an increase for the month of February 2022. Robbery increased by 56% (1,276 v. 81Cool , grand larceny increased by 79.2% (3,762 v. 2.099), and grand larceny auto increased by 104.7% (1,083 v. 529). Citywide shooting incidents decreased by 1.3% (76 v. 77) in February 2022 compared to the same period last year.
You live around a nice safe area.
  • 1 6
flag SterlingArcher (Apr 12, 2022 at 19:12) (Below Threshold)
 @brncr6: the fact that you believe everything you read in the internet tells me everything I need to know. Go back to school.
  • 1 5
flag SterlingArcher (Apr 12, 2022 at 19:13) (Below Threshold)
 @onlyDH: don’t be so jealous and you might find happiness in your life. I’m rich, so nothing you say can affect me. Good day, mate! Big Grin
  • 1 6
flag SterlingArcher (Apr 12, 2022 at 19:14) (Below Threshold)
 @brncr6: and LOL, you still can’t hang with us rich folk. It’s just a fact of life so accept it and just move on Smile
  • 1 6
flag SterlingArcher (Apr 12, 2022 at 19:16) (Below Threshold)
 @brncr6: Livermore…. it explains alot BAHAHAHAHA
  • 1 0
 @SterlingArcher: yep explains alot, you live in a shithole and i dont.
  • 1 4
 @brncr6: no you live in a shithole. I win!
  • 1 0
 @SterlingArcher: no ya don't if the crime stats are wrong for new york show me they are wrong. High crime equals shit hole. Livermore isn't high crime. He'll dude we watched blm burn and loot new york, no fires or looting here. 468 murders in New york in 2020.
How many murders in livermore???
All the murders combined since livermore was 1st settled is no where near the murder rate for 1 year in New York. New York = shit hole.
  • 1 3
 @brncr6: the fact that you believe everything you read in the internet tells me everything I need to know. Go back to school. I’m rich so there’s nothing you can say that can affect me! You’re poor, so just accept that fact of life and move on you loser HAHAHA
  • 1 3
 @brncr6: you’re the retard incest love child of your mom and your uncle HAHAHA. You people don’t belong in the big cities anyway. Can’t hang with us rich folks. Have a great life! I know I will
  • 2 1
 @SterlingArcher: @brncr6 Can you guys please take this elsewhere? Just DM eachother.
  • 1 3
 @plustiresaintdead: I’m just baiting him to say some more racist shit lol. Chumming the waters
  • 1 0
 @SterlingArcher: you suck at chumming
  • 83 0
 "hey this isn't shifting right, can you give it a tune-up?"
  • 60 2
 Nah, man...that's just how it's designed...
  • 15 1
 Imagine going to jail for stealing some worthless non functioning design concept from a bunch of roadies
  • 3 0
 @ctd07: but valued at 80,000$...
  • 62 5
 They should use his bolt cutters on his nether region.
  • 27 4
 Fingers first .
  • 18 4
 @rideronthestorm1: Why not both?
  • 7 4
 @ratedgg13: sure, both fingers first!
  • 6 2
 @rideronthestorm1: like... yank his nuts right off with your hands? thats rowdy
  • 6 4
 @rideronthestorm1: a knucle for every item. One cut per item. Start counting those spokes. Then the nipples.
  • 11 4
 @Notmeatall: cut off his nipples with a bolt cutter? Now we're getting somewhere!
  • 2 3
 Hopefully they're younger humans and not career criminals-have time to right their ship.
  • 2 2
 @ratedgg13: Time to "Bring out the gimp" Perhaps ?
  • 2 7
flag jaame (Apr 8, 2022 at 23:54) (Below Threshold)
 Shocking generalisation in the quote there. He had bolt cutters and so was obviously a thief. My gosh.
  • 56 1
 I suppose you have to give the thief some credit for actually buying a pump and not stealing one.
  • 49 0
 he actually stuffed an enve wheelset in his backpack while they rang up the pump.
  • 193 0
 @savagelake: Enve's fold up nice.
  • 5 0
 @k2theg: pure gold
  • 3 0
 @k2theg: Sorry Enve but that there's COTY
  • 31 0
 the shop was like "let's make this marginal gain on a pump, then arrest his a$$"
  • 1 0
 Maybe it was an Abbey Bike Tools pump?
  • 22 0
 Not mentioned was the thief was caught right outside the shop, as they sold him a shock pump and he was still pumping up the tire. The shop employees were unavailable for comment as they were exhausted from laughing so hard.
  • 20 0
 “After the bikes were stolen on Wednesday, March 30, local bike shop Full Cycle noticed a customer coming in with a bike that looked like the Turbo Levo eMTB and a pair of boltcutters in his backpack.“

nottheonion…
  • 19 0
 With a wit like that, I'm surprised he didn't come in with the prototype and ask how to adjust the shifting. Glad they've got a suspect and a lead on the heist!
  • 21 0
 Not exactly Oceans Eleven material was he. LMFAO
  • 6 0
 They'll send him to the wrong bank/casino/museum as a distraction to the real job.
  • 13 0
 LMAO can break and enter but can't fix a flat tire
  • 10 4
 Sadly he'll probably get zero time in jail and just go on doing it again for years and years. Just catching someone doing something nowadays means little. Glad they got the bikes back, those are some expensive prototypes I bet.
  • 7 0
 Might get more than a slap on the wrist for sealing $80K of products... maybe? Hopefully?
  • 10 13
 Pinkbike community will downvote you into oblivion for mentioning the soft on crime reality.
  • 12 3
 The guy who stole my toolbox and wallet out of my car was sentenced to 25 years. Honestly seems a little steep for me being out less than $2000.
  • 11 1
 @RonSauce: how many strikes did he have prior?
  • 6 1
 @nyhc00: You have to consider where this happened too. Different states, down to individual cities, can be vastly different on how they prosecute crimes. I live outside of Chicago, and the news every night has cases of criminals being released over, and over, and over. It's become standard fare around these parts.

Down vote me all you want. It would be nice if he's punished fairly, and learned a lesson. Think about all the individuals who have their pride and joy taken, and you never hear about it.

Maybe I'm biased. I had darn near every BMX bike stolen from me when I was a kid. Truly stolen, broke in garage type stolen, not from a store bike rack or something. I never fully came to terms with it. I actually started keeping my bike next to my bed for the last few years of racing. And this was in a nice suburb area in the early 80's.
  • 13 12
 @RonSauce: Honestly, theft should be life. At minimum hard labor which CA now calls "the last remnants of forced slavery"

I live in CA and F* their progressive relabeling.
  • 5 0
 @mtnbikermaniac: more like soft on cops.
Like the guys in loveland that broke old ladys arm and the laughed and ate popcorn while they watched the video.
  • 7 6
 @REZEN:
We are the minorities in this liberal utopia of California, and the minorities on pinkbike. Let the salt flow and downvotes begin!
  • 4 0
 @REZEN: I hope you're never wrongly convicted of theft.
  • 1 0
 @REZEN: bikes are getting stolen at gunpoint at oakland trails right now
  • 1 3
 Why would society want to put someone in jail for stealing bikes? Yes he's an arsehole, but jail, really? Jail isn't free you know! There is a huge cost to the taxpayer. It would surely be better value to focus on getting the stolen product back.
  • 5 0
 @nyhc00: it wasn't about "strikes". He was charged for breaking into my car, theft, 3 counts of falsifying identification, 4 counts of fraud and a couple other charges.

What he literally did was break into my car, took my wallet and tools then went to a gas station and bought cigarettes and $12 in gas. 25 years isnt quite being soft.

Honestly the worst part about the whole ordeal for me was dealing with the police who accused me repeatedly of conspiring the whole thing as an insurance scam. Waiting at the DMV to get my license replaced sucked too.
  • 2 1
 @mtnbikermaniac: yeah we feel sooo sorry for you. Must’ve been a hard life LMAO
  • 1 0
 @shorttravelmag: dude , totally get where you’re coming from. Grew up in NYC so theft was a part of life. That pill can only be swallowed so many times though and the initial reaction is of course to blame the thief as it should be. As adults though we can see it’s the system overall that perpetuates this cycle over and over. The empathy I’ve had in my youth wanes over time which I suppose is to be expected. Nothing will be solved here, just letting you know I get where you are coming from as well.
  • 6 0
 I got my stolen bike back a few years ago when it was brought into a local shop and former pinkbike employee @brule recognized the frame. It is slightly possible to get your stolen bike back!
  • 6 0
 The thief actually arrived with bolt cutters in his backpack! Unbelievable. Darwin is really proud! Well, happy that thieves are this stupid! Keep it like that!
  • 5 2
 Problem is he'll still breed, like a rabbit probably, his day probably goes, wake, steal, inject, fuck, steal,inject repeat.
  • 7 0
 Three bikes is worth $80,000? That's nuts.

Oh wait, one of them was an e-bike. Never mind.
  • 6 0
 Can we get this guys mugshot on the Friday fails for next week? Walking around with a high end ebike and bolt cutters in a LBS is definitely a fail.
  • 6 0
 What an amateur - what is it dude? 2009? Try the cordless angle grinder bro
  • 3 0
 Can bike thieves or any thieves be any dumber! There must be a counterpart that is dumb too! Good on the Boulder police to catch the guy! Good on the bike shop to report the stupidity! LOL
  • 2 0
 I remember working in the bike shops when a guy came in with a bike, asked us to remove a set of perfectly fine clipless pedals, install the cheapest plastic flat pedals we had in stock, and told us just to throw out the clipless pedals. Sometimes you just know.
  • 6 2
 Bike thieves 0, bike community 1
  • 61 0
 I hate to be negative but isn't it more like Bike Thieves: 40,000, Bike Community: 1?
  • 9 7
 I'm more tolerant of someone stealing my car vs a bike–my compassion approaches nil for this thievery. Shoot first and ask questions later.
  • 1 0
 When I worked at a lbs a kid showed up with a bike stolen from highland, but we didn't connect the dots until weeks later, and they never got caught. Felt like shit. Be on the lookout kids!
  • 2 1
 Part of me is relieved that they weren’t stolen by actual cyclists, I’m finding that to be the case more often than not. Had knowledgeable riders stolen them they probably would never be recovered
  • 2 0
 What "knowledgeable" ride is going to steal these prototypes with a so far unproven drive train?
  • 2 0
 uh oh. Back to work. No more excuses for the million dollar kickstarter fail!
  • 2 0
 Looks like now they won't ever make any money off that design with the insurance money out the picture.....
  • 1 2
 he went fullretard and pulled his bolt cutters out in the shop ?? and then to cover his back, said well hay you never know when you might lose your keys to your lock?i just carry a spare pair of bolt croppers with me.....lol.
  • 3 0
 Sell him a pump then arrest his ass - win win lol
  • 2 0
 What a numpty this guy is. Wow
  • 1 0
 yes, this is great news....He should have worn a shirt, " i steal bikes "....
  • 9 9
 I mean there could have been a legitimate reason to be carrying bolt cutters in a backpack...
  • 10 0
 Campy chain tool.
  • 7 0
 Not really. Bolt cutters and backpacks aren't usually brought together with good intentions.
  • 5 0
 @mammal: Um. I think he was kidding.
  • 1 0
 @mammal: I was being sarcastic, however I own bolt cutters and a backpack but that doesn't make me a criminal...
  • 3 0
 @Tongnar: You're missing the last piece to be a criminal, put the bolt cutters in the pack.
  • 1 0
 @Tongnar: Do you bring them together though... Probably not. .
  • 1 1
 I do it all the time. The local quarry I ride around keeps putting barbed wire up too close to the path and I keep cutting it down. I like to think I'm keeping someone in a job. #f*ckbarbedwire.
  • 2 0
 @locaroka: technically its when they come out of the back pack that leads to criminal activity.
  • 9 0
 Backpacks are lame, bro. I carry my bolt cutters in my hip pack for any rides/crime sprees under two hours.
  • 1 0
 @mammal: how else am I suppose to carry them when stealing thin... I mean cutting bolts?!
  • 3 0
 @HPdeskjet3630: Printers are already a criminal enterprise, but you are taking it to the next level if you are
carrying bolt cutters in a back pack
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: if there was anything that Specialized SWAT was good for…
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: instead of CCW it's CCBC: Concealed Carry Bolt Cutters
  • 2 1
 I wish all the thieves was so dumb
  • 1 1
 Of course members of the public knew "something didn't look right" when they saw that drivetrain.
  • 1 0
 the carbon frame spray painted in gold probably gave it away
  • 1 0
 Nice work all around. Russ is a good man and Full Cycle is a great shop.
  • 1 1
 Surprised me he didn't ask the shop whether they could change his drivetrain with something that actually worked.
  • 1 0
 "Never underestimate the predictably of stupidity"
  • 1 0
 Good news.
  • 1 2
 Meth head I suppose







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