It was not unusual for Dan Gronseth, a cross-country cyclist traveling through the western states, to pull off for a bite to eat. But the Wisconsin resident didn't count on his bicycle disappearing as quickly as his lunch did on Tuesday.
While Gronseth, 23, sat in a Garden Grove pizza parlor, he said, his red Trek bicycle and traveling gear--about $1,000 worth of equipment--was stolen. The items included camera equipment, clothes, sleeping bag, tent, food and a journal he was keeping of his trip, he said.
"I guess I got too trusting on my trip. The whole area looked clean and nice, so I decided not to lock it. Now I have nothing but the clothes on my back."
He said he parked the bike near the door of the Katella Avenue restaurant, thinking he would be able to watch it. "I guess I didn't keep a close-enough eye on it."