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UPDATED ON 6: Harrisburg, Summerville See Spike in Bike Thefts

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Police say one local neighborhood is seeing a spike in bike thefts.

In just the last 2 weeks, police say thieves stole more than 20 bicycles in Harrisburg and Summerville

Bikes of all shapes and sizes are hitting the streets now that warmer temperatures are here.

But the summer is also bringing out bike thieves.

"Basically within the Harrisburg area, we've had 20 bicycles stolen. It's certainly an increase and it's alarmed us," said Lt Lewis Blanchard.

"You know, I was disheartened at first. This type of environment you'd hope that you could leave your garage door open, and wake up in the morning but I learned my lesson," said Dr. Rhian Purdy.

Rhian Purdy says last week crooks stole her bike and $500 cash from her garage.

 "[I] arrived home around 6:30 in the evening. It was last week and it was raining.  I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and the bike had been taken sometime during those hours," said Purdy.

Investigators say this is a crime of opportunity. They say crooks steal the bike typically between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and they are asking people to lock their bikes, and write down the serial numbers.

"Unfortunately, it was quite an investment – it was more than $500. I bought it when I came here for residency. I do triathlons so it was a higher end bike," said Purdy.

 "A $1,000 is a costly learning lesson," said Purdy.

For now, Purdy says she's going to pedal forward – and save up for a new bike.

"Exercise is part of keeping sane when you're in residency. I exercise daily and use my bike nearly 20-40 miles.  Hopefully I can save up for a new bike again," said Purdy.

Police say the bikes aren't cheap – they range from $500 to nearly 3,000 a piece.  Investigators have one person in custody but they believe there are more crooks out there. 

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