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Surly LHT and Kona Dew Deluxe stolen [Brandon, FL]

Pisser of a day.  Discovered around lunch time two of my bikes were stolen out of my garage.  As far as we can ascertain, nothing else was taken, including my wife’s bikes.  Which makes me suspect it might have been a couple of people who took what they could easily ride off without drawing too much attention.

We’ve been having trouble with our garage door randomly opening, which we reported to our landlord weeks ago (Waypoint Homes: DO NOT recommend) but they haven’t been in any hurry to address it.  They’re that way with most issues, it seems, but you’d think this kind of problem would be a little higher on their list.  They’ve pushed us up on the priority list, so now they are going to take a look July 1st, but it’s a little late now.

To be fair, we are only assuming that they gained entry to the garage because of the door randomly being opened.  The times we’ve come home and found the door open, we felt fortunate that nothing seemed to be missing.  I had hooked up a workaround using a remote AC adapter that would let me turn off the power completely to the opener to prevent this.  I can only assume at some point I either forgot to switch it off or the power off signal didn’t reach it without me realizing.

Anyway, I’ve filed a police report, and for whatever it’s worth, let me put this out on the internet.  I’ve heard miraculous stories of recovery, so it’s worth a shot…

The first bike was a Surly Long Haul Trucker/50cm frame/dark green.  It’s already fairly distinctive because you just don’t see too many of these out in the wild – they’re really made for long distance touring.  But it made a great commuter bike when I was back in Georgia.  It’s also distinctive because it not only has a rear rack but a front rack as well.  And it’s the disc brake version of the LHT, making it even rarer. Here’s a picture:

Pisser of a day.  Discovered around lunch time two of my bikes were stolen out of my garage.  As far as we can ascertain, nothing else was taken, including my wife’s bikes.  Which makes me suspect it might have been a couple of people who took what they could easily ride off without drawing too much attention.

We’ve been having trouble with our garage door randomly opening, which we reported to our landlord weeks ago (Waypoint Homes: DO NOT recommend) but they haven’t been in any hurry to address it.  They’re that way with most issues, it seems, but you’d think this kind of problem would be a little higher on their list.  They’ve pushed us up on the priority list, so now they are going to take a look July 1st, but it’s a little late now.

To be fair, we are only assuming that they gained entry to the garage because of the door randomly being opened.  The times we’ve come home and found the door open, we felt fortunate that nothing seemed to be missing.  I had hooked up a workaround using a remote AC adapter that would let me turn off the power completely to the opener to prevent this.  I can only assume at some point I either forgot to switch it off or the power off signal didn’t reach it without me realizing.

Anyway, I’ve filed a police report, and for whatever it’s worth, let me put this out on the internet.  I’ve heard miraculous stories of recovery, so it’s worth a shot…

The first bike was a Surly Long Haul Trucker/50cm frame/dark green.  It’s already fairly distinctive because you just don’t see too many of these out in the wild – they’re really made for long distance touring.  But it made a great commuter bike when I was back in Georgia.  It’s also distinctive because it not only has a rear rack but a front rack as well.  And it’s the disc brake version of the LHT, making it even rarer. Here’s a picture:

surly

The second bike was my original commuter bike, a Kona Dew Deluxe/53cm frame/black.  It wasn’t nearly as expensive of a bike, except that I had some super sturdy custom wheels built for it which cost almost as much as the bike did originally.  It’s also fairly distinctive because it has butterfly handlebars with red tape on them.  Here’s a picture from when I took it grocery shopping:

kona

If you have any information, please email me at e r i c —> ericasberry.com.  Alternatively you can contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office @ 813-247-8000, the case # is 14-364609 and the deputy who took the report is Romano.

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