OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A caution went out to mountain bikers within the Oakland hills Friday, alerting to a up to date spree of a number of armed robberies focused on cyclists.
Avid mountain biker Louisa Spier used to be believed to be the primary sufferer within the contemporary instances.’
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“The whole thing about it simply fitted me very best. The handlebars, the seat, I may elevate it up,” described Spier of her loved Massive Trance X29 mountain motorcycle.
On Tuesday, March twenty ninth round midday, she used to be driving solo at the Skyline Side road median path close to Parkridge force no longer a ways from Oakland Fireplace Station 21. Spier stated 3 masked suspects cornered her.
“The primary one simply stated, ‘Give me your motorcycle’ and I began to get off my motorcycle,” Spier instructed KPIX. “And the only in the street got here and pointed a gun at me and stated, ‘Give us your motorcycle’”
Spier jumped off her motorcycle and bumped into oncoming visitors. She stated a lady using on Skyline Side road stopped, let her in and drove her clear of the gunman.
“To have a gun pointed at your face whilst you’re out simply seeking to revel in nature and transparent your thoughts is like the more serious imaginable enjoy,” Spier stated.
Police stated after Spier’s theft, they answered to 2 different robberies of mountain bikers on Skyline Side road close to Joaquin Miller Street.
On March thirty first, robbers pulled a gun on a father and son to take their motorcycle. On April sixth on the similar location, robbers took two motorcycles from bikers who had been driving in combination.
The cycling neighborhood reported on social media there used to be a fourth gunpoint theft this week on a gaggle of 3 bikers on the finish of Skyline Side road close to the Clyde Woolridge Staging parking zone. Police have no longer showed a fourth case.
“We made the verdict to transport our follow location this week as a result of this rash of thefts,” stated Morgan Fletcher, a mountain motorcycle trainer.
He and fellow volunteers trainer about 100 center schoolers on motorcycle within the Oakland Hills. Except for shifting their location, they now strongly inspire oldsters to select up their children after every consultation.
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“We’re guiding the youngsters that if somebody asks for you motorcycle, simply give them the motorcycle,” Fletcher stated.
Closing April, Berkeley police reported a gaggle of robbers focused on bicyclists close to Grizzly Top. It used to be unclear if police arrested that crew.
Sufferers in the most recent instances reported on social media the robbers had been using SUV’s. And given the proximity of the new places, the sufferers suspected the most recent instances had been attached.
However Oakland police have no longer launched any knowledge at the suspects.
Police document that the selection of general robberies involving weapons in Oakland is down rather this yr in comparison to remaining. They stated from January 1 to April 3, 2021, there have been 324 gunpoint robberies.
In the similar length this yr, there have been 307 instances.
“We attempt to experience in giant teams now,” mountain biker Jose Luis Monroy stated. ” We care to do evening rides, (however) we begin to keep away from that.”
The crimes is also the most recent in crimes of alternative. Many carbon fiber motorcycles price between $5,000 and $10,000.
Spier stated her motorcycle used to be price much less, but it surely used to be the easiest Christmas reward from her husband a couple of months in the past.
“(I’m) in reality afraid and disappointed and scared to return out on a motorbike at the moment,” Spier stated.
Protection advocates used to inform bikers to experience with a minimum of one different individual. Now they’re telling folks to experience in very huge teams, mentioning power in numbers.
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Oakland police stated they had been deploying extra officials to spaces the place they had been seeing spikes in robberies.