10:00am Thursday 31st January 2013
By Scott D'Arcy
THIEVES made off with around £10,000 in bikes and energy supplements during a targeted raid at a specialist bike store.
The gang broke in through a first-floor window at the back of Origin Cycles, in Rivermead Industrial Estate, on Friday night and stole four high-end road bikes, two GPS watches and dozens of protein shakes and energy bars.
Police believe the specific items taken during the late-night break-in, which took place between 6.10pm on Friday and 9.50am on Saturday, indicates the thieves may have had a shopping list.
The list of bikes taken includes a custom-built £4,000 Merida Warp, a £3,000 Giant Advantage SL, a Moda Immer hybrid bike worth £1,099 and a Merida Big Nine TFS 500-D mountain bike worth £800.
Justin Woodward, owner of Origin Cycles, which set up shop at the beginning of this month, said he was devastated when he arrived to work on Saturday and saw the damage.
“My heart just sunk when I saw the window hanging off,” he said.
“They must have picked that out as the weakest point and used a ladder to break in.
“We are not even a typical bike store in that we have loads of bikes on show and the ones they’ve taken are very specific.
“Also they have only taken certain nutritional bars and shakes instead of just grabbing a load so maybe they knew what they were after.
“We have only been here for a couple of weeks so it is heartbreaking that this could have happened, but we have bricked that window up now and are putting in lots of other security measures.”
PC Leigh Vowles, of Swindon response, said: “We are going to be stepping up patrols in this area to reassure other business owners.
“These bikes are high value and distinctive and it may be someone will see them or have information on their whereabouts.
“I think there is more than one person and they are likely to have had a vehicle.
“Certainly in terms of the nutritional items taken it seems they have taken specific items and it could be they had an order or a shopping list.
“Our enquiries are ongoing.If anyone has information please contact us.”
Anyone with any information should call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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