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PHOENIX -- A small business was burglarized and now the search is on to find the suspects. Sunday Cycles at 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard was hit over the weekend.
Employees say they became alarmed when they noticed the door to the business next door was ajar. When they further investigated, they were stunned with what they found.
"I was running back and forth, tying to figure out what happened, do inventory to see how many bikes were missing," said Julian Gonzales, the store's manager.
The gaping hole in the drywall certainly wasn't what Gonzales was expecting on a Monday morning. He says someone carved the hole and snatched several high-dollar bikes in the middle of the night. He says the burglary left him stunned and saddened.
Sunday Cycles moved to the north Phoenix location in early October because it was larger and closer to biking trails.
Gonzales says the owner, Joe Berman, works hard to provide the biking community with the very best selection. He says the community has been incredibly supportive on the store's Facebook page through all this.
"We're so thankful with all the fans of Sunday Cycles. I'm so grateful to have that many friends showing support," he said.
The high-end bikes that were stolen are very rare, so Gonzales says he's hoping the bikes will be noticed on the street. They retail for $4,300 apiece.
When the thief was finished, the local business suffered a $26,000 loss.
Gonzales teared up as he recalled how grateful he is it wasn't worse. "We still have families, kids, and it's going to make us stronger."
Employees say they have ramped up security measures both inside and outside the shop. Anyone with information is asked to call Phoenix police.