Downey, Ca. January 21, 2013 - Russell’s Bike Shop, a staple of Downey businesses since 1944, was robbed early this morning. Thieves stole and estimated fifteen bikes. Russell’s employees are still checking the inventory. Store manager Jon Giles told the Downey Beat, “The alarm did go off and a customer came to the store before we were here and saw that the door was open, he yelled to see if anyone was inside and then called the Cops, because the alarm was going off. Thieves chipped away at the wooden door jam to gain entry. Jon estimates that it would take about fifteen minutes to remove that many bikes from the store.
I asked Jon for the brands and colors of the stolen bikes so residents can be on the look-out. Jon said, “The stolen bikes were Trek 3500, 3700, in black or green. Trek FX, a “Street style” bike which has skinnier tires on it, in black. It looks like mostly mens bikes were taken. There may have also been a couple of Cruisers, we are still checking the inventory. Electra, Fat Cycle and Nirve may also be some of the brands stolen.”
Mayor Guerra who just purchased a bike from Russell’s two days ago said, “I am so saddened to hear of this since they are such a city institution. They gave me great service and I have been so happy riding my new bike. I am so disappointed when something like this happens in our community.”
Russell’s still has plenty of stock on hand and a fabulous sales and service staff. If you are looking for a bike or require service, please be sure to stop by and support this wonderful Downey business.