On Aug 9th, Box Dog Bicycles, a worker-owned cooperative bike shop in San Francisco's Mission district was burglarized and our entire new bicycle inventory was stolen. In addition to the 20 bikes that were taken, two laptop computers, two iPad's, one customer's bicycle, and one demo bike from Jamis bikes were also stolen. The total value of the stolen items is upwards of $61,000.
After the robbery, we have received a tremendous outpouring of support from our community--folks from other bike shops came in to buy water bottles, other people dug bikes out of storage to get tune-ups, while others made a concerted effort to special order bikes and parts though the shop. We are deeply grateful for all of the efforts people have made and continue to make to support us!
As a small, worker-owned business, we are encouraged to see how committed our customers are to helping us out during a tough period. Many of you have asked if there are any ways that you could help the shop. While insurance has covered a portion of the loss from the robbery, it has taken over three months to receive the settlement. During these three months, we have lost innumerable opportunities to sell bicycles and connect with new customers.
We are asking for donations to help us purchase new bikes to sell on the floor, additionally, it will help us pay for a new security system and video cameras and replace the damaged security gate in the front of the shop. Your support will also help us continue to organize events in the shop, social rides, and camp-outs.
We hope to see many of you at our holiday party on December 15th at 5pm.
Thank you and again, your support has been tremendous.
Your friends at Box Dog Bikes