Ninety seven bikes including Giant Talon mountain bikes and Dahon folders were stolen from JE James Cycles' bike warehouse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, on Sunday 22 August between 1.40-4.00am.
The thieves cut a 4ft high hole in the side of the warehouse wall and used it to remove the bikes, which were still in their boxes, unbuilt. It appears the culprits probably did not know what they were taking, and not stealing to order, given that the bikes they did take were positioned alongside some much more expensive machines.
Andy Liversidge of JE James Cycles told us: “After the trauma of Sunday evening, the damage caused by the thieves is being fixed and extra precautions are promptly being put into place to stop such criminal activity.
“This is the biggest break-in that we’ve ever experienced. The boxed, unbuilt bikes were loaded into two vans before the criminals fled the scene in the early hours of Sunday morning. One of the vans was a silver transit van, and the other was a white Iveco transit van. I’d like to inform our online customers that this will not affect our daily duties and orders will still be despatched and processed as normal. Any of our customers who have already placed orders that will be affected by this incident will be contacted as soon as possible.”
This is the list of stolen bikes, frame numbers are not yet available:
- 16” x 3
- 18” x 33
- 20” x 36
- 13.5” x 1
- 16” x 4
- 18” x 1
- Small x 19
If you have any information on the stolen bikes email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01709 361919.