Deputies: Suspected bike thief fired shots at the owners in San Marcos

Owners were searching for stolen bike

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Deputies were on the lookout Tuesday for a gunman who stole a BMX-style bicycle from the front yard of a San Marcos home and later fired several rounds at the owners as they looked for the bike in their neighborhood.

No one was hurt in the gunfire near First Street and Via Juanita Monday night but two vehicles were pierced by bullets, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Tom Vrabel.

Shortly after 10 p.m., a husband and wife noticed their bicycle had been stolen and the husband set out on foot in the neighborhood to find it, the sergeant said in a statement.

While walking around, the husband saw the two men in their late teens or early 20s on bikes. One of the bikes was the stolen item, Vrabel said.

The husband then returned home where he and his wife got in their vehicle and drove to find the stolen bike again, according to the sergeant.

They came upon the same two men on bikes and, as the couple exited their vehicle near First Street and Via Juanita, they called out to the suspects.

The man on the stolen bike then got off the bike and tossed it in the roadway before pulling out a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and firing about four shots in the direction of the victims, Vrabel said.

One round struck the rear driver's side door of the victims' vehicle and another round struck the rear of another vehicle parked across the street, piercing its gas tank, Vrabel said.

The gunman and his companion fled east on First Street, toward South Rancho Santa Fe Road -- one on foot and the other on a bicycle. Vrabel described the men as Hispanic, in their late teens or early 20s, last seen wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and jeans.

Anyone with information about the gunman or his companion were asked to call detectives at the San Marcos sheriff's substation at (760) 510-5200.

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