Cash, iPad Stolen During VeloCity Break-in

Bicycle nonprofit is third Del Ray shop to suffer theft in January.

An iPad and cash were stolen from VeloCity Bicycle Cooperative on Mount Vernon Avenue during a break-in that is believed to have occurred Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, according to VeloCity cofounder Christian Myers.

The Mount Vernon shop is the headquarters for the nonprofit, which educates community members about bike maintenance, safety and other issues. Used bikes are refurbished at sold at the shop. 

Myers said he uses the iPad to make credit card transactions. The cash was stolen from the shop’s register.

Myers said he did not notice any signs of a break-in until he opened the register to make a transaction on Wednesday.

Along with the stolen items, Myers said a locked green cabinet showed evidence that someone attempted to pry it open.

The shop was entered through an elevated side window on the north side of the building that faces E. Custis Avenue, Myers said. He said police found evidence that a gloved hand was used to pull the window open. No prints were left inside or outside the shop.

On Jan. 21, a laptop, iPad and cash were stolen in a nighttime break-in at The Happy Tart bakery on Mount Vernon Avenue. The week prior, two gunpoint robbery incidents were reported in Del Ray, including a stick-up at Tsim Yung Chinese Carryout on Mount Vernon Avenue.

The Alexandria Police Department did not immediately return request for information on the VeloCity break-in and whether there is any connection to other incidents.

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Tiffany Miller February 01, 2013 at 02:17 PM
This is awful! I'm so sad to hear about these great businesses being violated...I really hope these criminals are caught soon. We will keep supporting these amazing shops in the community and hopefully this will be turned into something positive in the end.
LG February 01, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Wondering if either business that had an ipad stolen tried using the "find my ipad" app to locate, or whether there's been any monitoring of craigslist, etc.postings? I have friends who've located their stolen apple devices that way...whether the police will act on it to get them back when informed is another matter. These break-ins/thefts are getting ridiculously frequent - I'd love to see whoever's responsible get caught.
Scooby's Doo February 01, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Not blaming the victim, be we all get comfortable and inattentive, and such a vacuum invites criminal opportunity. It still bugs me that a lot of neighbors leave valuables in their car in plain sight. It is not a good idea to leave much cash at a business overnight. I worked at a MVA business where cash was left in the drawer overnight and was counted & deposited the next day. Not smart, and trust me the front door lock was quite flimsy.
Drew Hansen February 01, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Thanks, Lee. I'll change it to theft.
Doug February 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Part of the reason to leave it in overnight is so the morning manager/staff can make the deposit at the bank instead of someone carrying a lot of cash out of the building at night after they close. I'm not saying that is what happened here but I have worked in a number of restaurants in my life where this was the case. Granted, we normally at least put it into a safe overnight.


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