The owner of a bicycle shop in Costa Mesa offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man who stole a bike worth $5,000 from the business.
The suspect posed as a customer at the Cyclist Bike Shop, located at 1785 Newport Blvd., on Tuesday, Costa Mesa police said.
The suspect spoke to the store’s general manager for 30 to 45 minutes and appeared to be a seasoned cyclist, the shop owner’s son told KCAL9.
“When he first came in he was very normal,” Colt Marconi said. “He knew all the lingo. He knew everything to talk about.”
Marconi said the customer gave him his driver’s license and took the bike for a test ride. But after further inspection of the man’s license, Marconi said the picture matched up with the customer, but it said he was born in 1954.
“That guy is maybe in his late 30’s,” Marconi said.
The suspect took the bike, a BH Ultralight EVO Disc, outside for a test ride and after three laps in front of the store, the man bolted and was last seen on security video going south on Newport Boulevard, KCAL9 said.
The store’s owner, John Marconi, has posted a $1,000 reward on social media and hopes security video will help police nab the thief, the station reported.
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