10 thieves take bikes from storage room of apartment complex

The Huxley Apartments in the 1300 block of El Camino Real in Redwood City. Greystar Real Estate Partners photo.

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Daily Post Staff Writer

About 20 bikes were stolen out of a bicycle storage room at a Redwood City apartment complex, a prosecutor said.

Over the course of five hours Wednesday (July 15) night, 10 people went into the bicycle room at Huxley Apartments at 1305 El Camino Real, cut bicycle locks, and walked out with bikes, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The Huxley Apartment complex is an eight-story building that went up about a year ago. A one-bedroom apartment rents for $3,045 a month, according to the management company’s website. As the apartment complex moved through the Redwood City development pipeline, it was known as Greystar III because it’s owned by the national apartment company Greystar Real Estate Partners.

Because the apartment complex has multiple security cameras, Redwood City police were able to identify Sergio Gutierrez-Alvarez, 27, of Redwood City as one of the two people who initiated the heist.

Gutierrez-Alvarez and a woman identified as Redwood City resident Guadalupe Gallegos were spotted on security cameras using a pry-bar to break into the storage room at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, Wagstaffe said.

Once they were in, security cameras show Gallegos and Gutierrez-Alvarez cutting the locks to bicycles and wheeling them out, Wagstaffe said.

The duo left the door to the bike room open, and as a result, over the next five hours, eight people walked in, grabbed a bicycle or two, and left, Wagstaffe said.

Police are still trying to identify the other eight bike thieves.

Police are still trying to find out from the complex’s residents how many bikes were stolen. It’s believed between 14 and 20 bikes were taken, Wagstaffe said.

All of the bikes are believed to be high-end, with at least one costing over $1,000.

Police arrested Gutierrez-Alvarez later on Wednesday at a homeless encampment with one of the bikes. He was booked into jail and was charged yesterday with felony residential burglary. He is in jail in lieu of $50,000 and will be in court on July 30.