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Retailer’s Vintage BMX Collection Stolen, News from Bike Retailer
alano
post Nov 28 2011, 04:22 AM
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WAUKEGAN, IL (BRAIN)—The owners of Midwest Bicycles & Billiards are asking cyclists, collectors and retailers to be on the lookout for a number of vintage BMX bikes and parts stolen in a break-in at the Waukegan, Illinois, shop this month.

On the night of Nov. 9, one or more thieves pried open Midwest’s back door and erected a 12-foot-high privacy fence to conceal their activity, said Dion Markodonis, who runs the shop with his father, Von. Only BMX bikes and parts from the late 1970s and early ’80s—no new bikes—were taken.

Markodonis said he and his father had collected the items since they began planning to open Midwest in 1979. An estimated $25,000 to $30,000 in bikes was taken. The loss in parts is more difficult to quantify. “It’s been hard figuring out what all we had. We’ve been hoarding this stuff since 1979,” Markodonis said, adding that the thief or thieves probably took “enough parts to build about 25 more bikes, and most of them were rare. It’s a pretty serious hit to us.” He estimates the parts loss at upwards of $20,000.

More here: http://www.bicycleretailer.com/news/newsDetail/6205.html
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post Dec 9 2011, 10:11 AM
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QUOTE (alano @ Nov 28 2011, 11:22 AM) *
WAUKEGAN, IL (BRAIN)—The owners of Midwest Bicycles & Billiards are asking cyclists, collectors and retailers to be on the lookout for a number of vintage BMX bikes and parts stolen in a break-in at the Waukegan, Illinois, shop this month.

On the night of Nov. 9, one or more thieves pried open Midwest’s back door and erected a 12-foot-high privacy fence to conceal their activity, said Dion Markodonis, who runs the shop with his father, Von. Only BMX bikes and parts from the late 1970s and early ’80s—no new bikes—were taken.

Markodonis said he and his father had collected the items since they began planning to open Midwest in 1979. An estimated $25,000 to $30,000 in bikes was taken. The loss in parts is more difficult to quantify. “It’s been hard figuring out what all we had. We’ve been hoarding this stuff since 1979,” Markodonis said, adding that the thief or thieves probably took “enough parts to build about 25 more bikes, and most of them were rare. It’s a pretty serious hit to us.” He estimates the parts loss at upwards of $20,000.

More here: http://www.bicycleretailer.com/news/newsDetail/6205.html

what f*@$ing scum...midwest bikes, dion and von are good people...ill keep my eyes peeled.
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post Dec 11 2011, 02:50 PM
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That is sad to hear. Hopefully the items will resurface and returned to the owners. It would be helpful if we had a better description of what was taken. The collective "scour power" of the vbmx community would surely find the stuff, when and if it ever hit the market.
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post Dec 12 2011, 01:41 PM
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We’ve been hoarding this stuff since 1979,” Markodonis said


Wow probably had more stuff than Jeff, but since 79 I would have thought it would be worth more than 30K. Any ideas what we are looking for, specifically that is, I read that it was 70s and 80s but didn't they keep any records for insurance? Even pics would help
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post Jan 4 2012, 11:20 PM
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I know it's a long shot but I came across this on another forum.
"Louisville area sold 19 BMX bikes"
http://Happy Internet of joy and wonder!/forums/viewtopic.php?id=386096
http://louisville.craigslist.org/bik/2780290509.html
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post Apr 26 2012, 05:28 PM
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So, any new developments on this?
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post May 9 2012, 07:30 AM
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From what I've been researching there is a lot of gang activity in this area.

Usually if this was done by an unsavory in the community someone would heard something.

Loose lips sink ships ...

But people who know gang violence don't speak out or they float down the river...face down.

Sincerely sorry for Dion and his father but since this I allow NO one at my place.

Bought an alarm system and reinforced all the doors.

Almost bought a Tommy gun yesterday but the seller backed out.

He must have known it was worth money when I told him I'll go get the cash now !

Rob
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