Thieves have taken over £100,000 of bike stock from Fife bicycle retailer Leslie Bike Shop.
The raid took place in the early hours of Monday morning, with the business suffering a loss of around 60 bikes, many of which were still boxed.
Those in the trade, already on high alert following a string of thefts, are asked to be on their guard and aware of a suspect bikes in the run up to Christmas. Taken from the business were bikes from Cannondale, Cuda, Bianchi, Giant and Specialized.
Local police say that a white Luton-style van with a tailgate is suspected as having been used by the thieves for the raid and that such a vehicle was seen in the area between 2 AM and 3 AM on the night of the robbery.
Posting to the shop’s Facebook, Leslie Bike Shop’s owner Bryan Moodie detailed some missing bikes:
“Three of the bikes that have been stolen were fully built and have been used. One is a 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29, size large… Very distinctive with its purple Hope hubs and rotors. Also just had a brand new Race Face crank set and chainring fitted.
“One is a 2014 Giant XTC advanced 0 team 27.5, just had brand new SRAM level brakes fitted.
“And the other is a Merida Big Trail 800 large, DT Swiss wheels and Schwalbe Addix tyres.”
In charge of the case, Detective Constable Fraser Simpson urged people, “especially in the lead up to Christams, to be aware of people offering new bikes for sale, consider they may be stolen especially if they appear a lot cheaper than would be expected.
“Anyone with information can contact Fife Police by calling 101, quoting reference 0862 of 9th December, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”