Hoquiam police say a burglary at Lavogue Bicycle and Apparel will cost more in damages than losses after an expensive bike was stolen then recovered. Police Chief Jeff Myers said that it was reported at 4:31 AM on January 16th, the owner of the bicycle shop in the 600 block of Simpson Avenue was working late when he heard the sound of glass breaking out front.
When the owner got to the front of the store, he discovered someone had smashed out a large 8-foot by 8-foot picture window to remove a brand-new Redline Proline bicycle which had been on display. Officers responded to the business and checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspect at that time.
At 11:11 AM, a dayshift officer was dispatched to a location in an alley in the 200 block of 6th Street where the stolen bicycle was recovered.
Myers said that although the new bicycle valued at $550 was recovered, replacing the damaged window will be in excess of $800. These sort of losses by small businesses can be devastating.
There is an open investigation into this burglary, case number 17-H00616.