Designer clothes, electronics and more stolen from Oak Bay spinning business – Victoria News

Spinco brand hoodies are among the items reported stolen after a break and enter in the 2000 block of Oak Bay Avenue. (Courtesy of Spinco)
(Courtesy of Spinco)

An Oak Bay fitness company hopes residents will keep their eyes peeled for some unique items stolen on the morning of March 3.

The Spinco at 2005 Oak Bay Ave., which has been open for less than a month, had approximately $5,000 in property stolen during the break-in.

The business hasn’t even held its grand opening yet, said Alexa Lofthouse, general manager of Spinco Vancouver Island. The Oak Bay location is one of three locations in the area and offers indoor stationary spin-cycling classes focusing on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity and recovery.

The reported stolen technology includes a 2019 MacBook Air and a 2015 IMac, two Shure headsets, two Shure wireless mic packs, two wireless Mac keyboards and a mouse, and a Fujifilm InstaMax printer.

Other items taken included 10 pairs of black Bontrager shoes with gray Keo cleats, Spinco hoodies with Oak Bay on the arm, beige “Brunette The Label” track pants and several small items from the front desk.

“All the stuff was maybe a few weeks old. It had barely settled on the counter when it was removed,” Lofthouse said. Many items were specifically branded, such as hats, hoodies, water bottles, and shoes clearly marked for commercial use. Some of those shoes were found later Thursday morning near the storefront, according to the Oak Bay Police Department, which is investigating the thefts.

It’s not the first time the company has seen its sites burglarized in the past two years, given that fitness facilities have been closed and unoccupied for periods during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve been through such a tough COVID and just had to get back on track,” Lofthouse said.

As the community learned of the burglary, the response has been heartwarming, she added, and the support for small businesses is palpable.

Anyone who discovers any of the stolen property or has other information is asked to call Oak Bay Police at 250-592-2424.

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