The repair shop is around the corner from the Northwestern District station, in an area surrounded by other similar businesses. As the officers approached the building, men pushing shopping carts full of hubcaps slowed to view the commotion.

"They're taking the bikes?" one of them asked. "He just fixes them."

Rasheed, accompanied by patrol officers and members of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, tried to gain access to the garage using bolt cutters.

Then more officers were called in with a gas-powered saw, which also didn't work. They finally got in — after the owner of the repair shop arrived and opened the locks.

The owner declined to be interviewed.

Inside, police found not just the bikes but several pit bulls.

"Don't be afraid of the dog," Detective Chris Grant, a member of the task force who had been to the shop previously, had told the officers before entering. "The dog's nice."

Animal control took the dogs and said they'll be put up for adoption after 72 hours.

On his Twitter page, Jacob posted a picture of police loading his bike onto a tow truck.

"Police think this gon stop us from riding," he wrote. "We just gon flood the streets."

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