A Toronto bike shop is turning to social media to help find a $15,000 bike that was stolen from its shop floor by two people who were caught on camera.
Evolution Cycles in Richmond Hill says the Cipollini bike — a hand-crafted, lightweight carbon road bike from Italy, equipped with top components — is extremely rare and will be hard for the thieves to sell.
"It's not about getting the bike back at this point but just catching the people responsible," Evolution owner Mike Horlick said in an email to CBC News.
A Facebook post on the shop's page has been shared more than 9,000 times as of Thursday night.
York Regional Police confirmed its investigating the theft, which it considers a high-value shoplifting.
The bike shop's HD surveillance system captured a man and woman entering the store and then looking around on June 19 at around 2:15 p.m.
The man then moves the white Cipollini off its rack and onto the floor while the woman looks around the shop.
About two minutes later, the man opens the front door and pulls the bike backwards out of the shop.
The entire theft took around three minutes, according to the time stamps on the surveillance footage.
The Cipollini is white with two accent stripes in the green and red of the Italian flag on several parts.