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Armature Works installs new surveillance cameras after bicycle rack thefts

Posted at 4:26 PM, Feb 15, 2019

Tampa Police say bike thieves stole two bicycles locked to a bike rack at Tampa Height’s Armature Works on Monday.

ABC Action News has requested the video which shows multiple suspects cutting bike locks.

Detectives say so far this year, thieves have stolen four bikes from the restaurant’s outside racks.

Today we found crews installing new surveillance cameras overlooking the bike racks.

Candi Dutschke says she’s invested around $1,000 in her commuter bicycle which she rides to work.

Dutschke says she uses a hip lock, which is a reinforced chain and stronger than a regular chain lock.

“Whenever I lock it up at work, I put my front wheel and the frame through the lock,” she said.

Two Broke Spokes Co-owner Curt Johnson says it’s common for thieves to cut cable bike locks.

Johnson recommends using a U-lock, which is constructed of steel to secure your bike.

He says a thief would need large tools to cut through a U-lock and would be more conspicuous.