Brazen Bike Theft Worries Fairfax Family

Someone stole John Griffiths’ bike while his family was in the middle of unloading their car on busy Bolinas Road Thursday evening.


John Griffiths wants his bike back.

His Cannondale road bike was taken from the top of his family’s Subaru Outback parked in front of their home, at 47 Bolinas Road, on Thursday evening around 6 p.m.

But Griffiths also wants to let his neighbors know about the theft, because it was quite a bold act, he said. 

His wife had just taken their children inside their house and wasn't done unpacking their car — which had the family’s four bikes on the roof — when someone appeared to have stolen Griffiths’ bike by cutting it free of the bike rack.

Griffiths' wife returned outside minutes later to discover the missing bike. 

“It was pretty brazen,” said Fairfax Police Srgt. Stuart Baker while discussing the theft. “It was half a block up from Bolinas and Broadway. It was dark but there is still a lot of people around at that time.”

There is no suspect information since no one witnessed the theft, but Griffiths said his wife was suspicious of a white SUV parked in front of their house minutes before the bike was stolen.

She also saw a tall man standing on their sidewalk in the same timeframe, he said.

“It’s kind of scary because it’s Bolinas Road, which is safe,” Griffiths said. “It’s pretty disturbing for us. We want to get the world out and hopefully warn other people.”

The family moved to Fairfax from the United Kingdom more than eight years ago and, until yesterday, had been “delighted with the lack of crime” in town, Griffiths told Patch.

His bike is estimated to be valued at $3,000, according to Baker.

“We always recommend people lock their bicycles, park them in a highly visible spot and don’t leave them unattended,” Baker said. “High-value bicycles are always a target.”

Fortunately, the theft doesn’t appear to be part of any kind of bicycle stealing pattern in town, according to Baker.

There was one other stolen bike reported this month in Fairfax, which occurred across town in the middle of a night when a locked bike was stolen from a carport.

“It was a totally different M-O,” Baker said.


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Jessica Mullins December 31, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Marinnative666, i'm sorry to hear about your general dissatisfaction with Fairfax, but please keep comments on this article on topic.
Julie Mozena January 02, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Annie - so sorry to hear this! What a bummer. I had a friend whose bike was stolen, and she found it on Craig's List...bought it back from the guy who probably stole it. :-( Her's was worth a lot less, though. Julie Mozena
Jessica Mullins January 03, 2013 at 05:06 PM
While I was processing the Fairfax police log I realized another Cannondale bike was stolen within the same hour on the same day in Fairfax. When I called the police the day after the bike incident mentioned in the above article, they must have not had the report in for the other theft: http://patch.com/A-0LNc
Bike Shepherd January 03, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Sad to hear about these thefts. There are things victims can do to get their bikes back. Here's a 10 pt list put out by Bike Shepherd to recover the bike: http://www.bikeshepherd.org/stolen-bike-recovery.html
Bike Shepherd January 03, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Many Strava users have learned to hide their home location in their settings. Still I understand bike thieves now look out for cars with bike roof racks. The best defense is to reg, tag, and lock the bike with a D Lock when out and about and an anchor bolt when at home. http://www.bikeshepherd.org/bike-security.html


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