Gabriel Cycles hit by thieves in first fortnight open

An organised gang of thieves has broken into Gabriel Cycles of Waterlooville just two weeks on from the store’s grand opening.

Posting to the shop’s Facebook page, Helen Crimes of Gabriel Cycles revealed the extent of Wednesday nigth’s damage and loss.

She wrote: It was with real sadness that we found out Gabriel Cycles was broken into on Wednesday evening. The majority of valuable stock was taken including customers bikes which were in for repairs. The thieves took the hard drive for the camera which means we have no way of looking back at footage from the night.

Items taken were of considerable value but what is even more painful is the work and effort put into making the independent shop what it was, in only its second week of trading, was ruined in just one night.

Here are pictures of just some of the items taken from the night. We are not hopeful of getting them back but if anyone sees these items for sale locally please let us know.

Among those items missing are a DMR Sled, a Mondraker Dune, Mondraker Vantage R, Orange 324 downhill bike and plenty more P&A. Cash was also taken from the premises.

Forensics experts have swept the premises for evidence and are now appealing for anyone with information to call police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44180097020.