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Penticton cycling vacation ruined by theft of $10,000 mountain bike

Joe Figel of Calgary is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of an expensive mountain bike stolen in Penticton last weekend.
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September 21, 2017 - 4:24 PM

PENTICTON - A Calgary man visiting Penticton for the weekend had his holiday ruined when thieves made off his his very expensive mountain bike.

Joe Figel was staying at a bed and breakfast on Wiltse Boulevard with plans to tour the Kettle Valley Rail Trail when his $10,000, Specialized Carbon S Works bicycle was stolen Sunday night, Sept. 18, one of two high-end bikes taken in separate crimes.

“You know we all work hard all week - the bike was something that made me feel like a kid again,” Figel said today, Sept. 21, from his Calgary residence.

Figel said the thief or thieves must have been very determined.

"That bike was on the roof rack of my SUV, so it was high up. The vehicle was parked on the driveway, near a security light. The bike was locked to the roof racks in addition to a $120 Kryptonite bike lock that locked the frame of the bike to the roof rack of the SUV,” he said.

He does say he considered bringing the bike into the bed and breakfast with him.

“But I said to myself, no, it’s a small town, it’s secure, I’m just being paranoid, it’ll be OK."

Figel said the thief must have had a good idea about the bike’s value.

“I was told by the guys at the bike shop the only way to break that lock would be to drill out the lock,” he said. “Somebody obviously had the correct tools and planned this out properly, so I don’t think it’ll be sold for $100 bucks or whatever.”

Figel is offering a $1,000 reward if the bicycle is returned intact. He mentions the reward on a Facebook post that has more than 700 shares to date.

When he filed the police report he was told a bike of that value would likely get taken apart for parts, but Figel is hoping someone will be seen riding it.

The Specialized Carbon S Works mountain bike's serial number is WSBC60B201196J.

Anyone who thinks they may have seen the bike should contact Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300.

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