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Appeal over stolen bike

BRAZEN thieves stole a Shirley man’s motorcross bike, during a break-in last Friday afternoon.

BRAZEN thieves stole a Shirley man’s motorcross bike, during a break-in last Friday afternoon.

Ian McManus said that crooks had used a crowbar to force open his garage doors and stolen the £2000 bike (a KTM 200 SX).

The theft happened at his Haslucks Green Road home at around 1.25pm.

Mr McManus suspects that the culprits might have followed him home from one of the local racetracks, which he visits with his teenage boys.

But unknown to the thieves, the father-of-three runs his own security company and the incident was captured on CCTV.

“What’s really gutting is that I’ve only just spent another grand having it completely refitted,” said the 41-year-old.

“There were two lads, wearing balaclavas, hoodies and gloves, who reversed onto the drive in a white transit van.

“We got the number plate on camera, but it turns out that it had been cloned by the thieves.”

Forensic teams have visited the address, but were unable to find any DNA evidence.

On Sunday night, the thieves returned but failed to get back into the garage.

Mr McManus has asked people to keep their eyes peeled; the bike has a distinctive orange frame.

Police confirmed they were investigating, but were unable to confirm if any arrests had been made.

 

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