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KFOX14 Investigates: Bike thieves caught on camera stealing from student

Bike thieves caught on camera stealing from student.

Caught on camera, surveillance video from a local middle school shows suspected bike thieves targeting the bike racks and stealing from children.

It happened during the last week of school outside Montwood Middle School.

The brazenness is why Natalie Potter called KFOX14 Investigates. Her son Junior’s bike was stolen, but seeing the video is what really concerned her.

“I was surprised it wasn’t there and I was pretty scared someone stole it,” said Junior Montoya, an eighth-grader at Montwood Middle School. He rides his bike to school every day.

But during the last week of classes, he forgot his lock at home.

“It was the first week I tried to go without locking it and it didn’t go too well,” said Junior.

KFOX14 Investigates obtained surveillance video of the alleged bike thieves. Junior's mom was surprised when she saw it.

“I was extremely shocked because we actually saw it wasn’t another student or someone from the school. It was a stranger,” said Potter.

In the video, you can see two strangers, driving up and reversing the car, opening a hatchback. They walk straight up to the school.

Cameras pick up the couple from four different angles as the female picks up the bike and walks off with it.

“I just hope someone will come forward to help,” said Potter.

It made her concerned they might be targeting other kids.

“It couldn’t have been the first time. They looked like they knew what they were doing,” said Potter.

Socorro ISD says this was their first report of a stolen bike this school year. District police are investigating.

“It's unfortunate that someone would do that to kids,” said Potter.

Meantime, Junior's mom says they've been checking websites like Offer Up and Let Go.

“I haven’t seen his bike,” said Potter.

It's also been a tough lesson for Junior, who is now walking to summer school.

“I didn’t think anyone would try to steal my bike, but it turns out people would,” said Junior.

KFOX14Investigates reached out to EPISD and YISD to see if they had any similar reports. So far we haven't heard of any other reports.

If you have any information, you can call KFOX14 Investigates at 834-2185.

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