Bucktown burglars get away with high-end bikes worth thou$and$ — but their plan had some holes in it

Three burglars broke into BFF Bikes, 2056 North Damen, early Tuesday and got away with several very expensive bicycles.

But surveillance video provided to CWBChicago shows the men weren’t as sly as they thought they were.

The men parked three SUVs a couple of blocks from the store and approached the shop while wearing gloves, masks, and hoodies to avoid detection.

They didn’t realize that they drove two of their cars directly into the camera range of another security system that clearly captured at least one of their license plates.

And one of the burglars put on his mask and hoodie while standing directly in front of the camera. Here’s a start-to-finish look:

So much for their careful planning.

The bike shop said on Facebook they lost five high-end bikes to the thieves, who broke out the store’s front window to gain access. They’re hoping anyone who sees the distinctive bikes being offered for sale online will notify them or CPD.

Here are the stolen bikes’ details, according to the shop’s post:

  • Liv Langma 2 Disc Large Chameleon Plum: G4GF06527
  • Giant Revolt Advanced 0 Small Balsam Green: KBFZ02112
  • Giant Revolt Advanced 1 Medium Concrete: K1GZ65884
  • Giant Revolt 2 Large Concrete: K2GK65884
  • Giant Revolt Advanced 3 (warm black) small

You can reach BFF Bikes at 773-666-5153.

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