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Kevin Trager

Clarksville, TN -- Customers of a Clarksville bicycle repair shop are fighting to get their bikes back after the store abruptly closed last month.

The owners have not yet returned their property.

"It's kind of like they just dropped off the face of the earth with property of other peoples," said Sarah Chavez, an avid cyclist.

Chavez was anxious to get back on her bike for the summer, but first she needed to fix the back wheel.

Two months ago, Chavez took her bike to The Bicycle Center, which has been serving Clarksville and the surrounding area since 1972.

"That's the reason why I brought my bike here. I thought it was a safe bet," Chavez said. "It's right around the corner. They've been in business a long time. I've heard good things about their service."

Chavez didn't hear from the business for a month, so she drove by and saw a sign saying the business was closed.

"We've tried reaching out on Facebook, other social media sites. We've called their number just to get a hold of them to get my property back because it's important to me and it's valuable, but with no luck," Chavez said. "Nobody seems to know what happened or where they went or how to get in touch with them."

While Channel 4 was interviewing Chavez, one of the owner Sam Holt's friends stopped and gave reporter Kevin Trager his phone number.

Trager then called Holt.

"You have quite a few customers that still have their stuff inside your store. They've left you notes and they're pretty upset because it's been over a month since you closed the doors," Chavez said. "I was wondering if you were planning on…"

The owner then hung up.

Moments later, Chavez received a text message asking her to call Holt's lawyer. She left a message but has not yet heard back.

Channel 4 also spoke to the building's owner who said Holt owes thousands of dollars in missed rent payments.

An employee with First Advantage Bank confirmed Holt has now filed for bankruptcy.

"It's very shocking and worrisome. We trusted them with our business and they just kind of up and disappeared," Chavez said.

The building owner told Channel 4 that Holt still has the keys to the store. Once they're returned, he will let the customers back in to get their bikes.


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