Cash register, used bikes stolen from south side shop

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A local bike shop had to go through the biggest shopping weekend with no cash register after someone broke into their shop.

Ed Miner who is the Executive Director of Bike For All People doesn’t understand why someone would break into this bike shop and try to ruin what they’re doing.

He thanks the officers responding quickly to his security alarm, because the thieves were only able to get away with the cash register and a couple of used bikes.

“It happening over a holiday weekend when the shop was closed a little bit,” said Miner. “So there was some downtime for staff and having to come in and deal with that kind of stuff is, yeah, it’s just frustrating.”

He said they could only accept cash for this Small Business Saturday, an obstacle this shop overcame.

“We were still able to be open almost at full capacity.”

Miner said when adversity like this happens he has to remember why this bike shop is here.

“We started this with the intent of providing affordable, accessible, and reliable, services to people in this neighborhood many of whom use bicycles as their sole means of transportation,” said Miner.

They also hold classes here to teach others how to fix their bikes, and if you don’t have time for it, they’ll fix your bike for you.

“The labor for our repairs are done on a sliding scale honor system,” said Miner. “You pay what you can afford.”

It’s a mission that helps Miner keep things in perspective, but he adds the timing of this is what hurts the most.

“You know it’s one more headache you have to try and deal with.”

Miner hopes he has a new cash register by early Tuesday.

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