It's a lesson two kids are learning the hard way.
Two friends say their bikes were stolen from inside a local store Tuesday night at the Kmart in Oregon City.
Tanner Phelps, 12, and his friend Kenny Jess, 13, said they left their bikes inside the store to use the restroom. The two said they left their bikes in the foyer but didn't lock them because they said people usually keep an eye on them.
The duo said they were only gone for about five minute to use the restroom.
When they got back, they said, the bikes were gone.
"I was so upset because I spent a lot of time trying to get the money for that bike, and it took me a long time," said Phelps.
Tanner's dad said each of the bikes is worth nearly $600, and it was something each one worked hard to get.
"These guys worked too hard to have them just get stolen. It was their pride and joy," said Casey Phelps, Tanner's dad.
Tanner and Kenny admit they made the mistake of not locking up their bikes.
"They usually are pretty safe inside the store because people keep an eye on them," said Jess.
They youngsters believe a group of high school kids who followed them around the store may be responsible for the theft.
Oregon City Police is reviewing the security video from the store.
If you have any information on this case you should call Oregon City Police.
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