Potential Thieves Smash Bike Co-op Windows
Over fall break there were two attempted break-ins at the Oberlin Bike Co-op, located in the basement of Keep Cottage. Nothing was taken, but the incident was an unpleasant surprise for mechanics and co-op members returning from break.
Safety and Security was alerted to the break-ins by a door alarm. A glass pane in the door was smashed during the first break-in on Thursday, Nov. 1 around 3 a.m. and was soon replaced by student facilities services. Two days later there was a second break-in, leaving the window smashed for the second time, and the metal grating behind it dented in.
According to College junior and co-head of the Bike Co-op Alexandra Gully, members “will reform how the co-op handles money.”
The door will soon be replaced. For now, a piece of plywood resides in the empty pane, with a piece of paper taped up that reads: “FYI, we no longer keep cash on the premises.”
There are no suspects. “We don’t want to point fingers,” says Gully. “We don’t see a threat inside the co-op.”
The Oberlin Bike Co-op was founded in 1986 by a group of students, among them Environmental Studies professor John Petersen. Its hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday.