Ram raid leaves Bunbury bicycle shop with $40,000 bill

Ailish DelaneyBunbury Herald
Mad Cycles sales officer Brooke Scott and workshop manager Chris Deeks are pleading with the community to come forward with any information about the theft.
Camera IconMad Cycles sales officer Brooke Scott and workshop manager Chris Deeks are pleading with the community to come forward with any information about the theft. Credit: Ailish Delaney / Bunbury Herald

A Bunbury bike shop is pleading with the community to come forward with information after it was one of several businesses hit in a ram raid spree last week.

Mad Cycles workshop manager Chris Deeks said offenders caused more than $40,000 damage to steal a $2500 bike.

“This is a family business and the owners are such good people ... it makes it hurt more,” he said.

The attack — which saw a ute ram through a glass wall — has left the store with a limited supply of children’s bikes in the lead up to Christmas.

“We had a great selection of kids bikes and in the next five to seven weeks, they would’ve all been gone,” Mr Deeks said.

“We won’t be able to replace them all because there’s such short supply right now.”

Mr Deeks said the offenders stole an orange Merida One-Twenty 400 and asked the community to report any information to police.

The stolen Merida One-Twenty medium.
Camera IconThe stolen Merida One-Twenty medium. Credit: Facebook

Police are investigating the raid, which was part of a series of offences that took place early Thursday morning involving two stolen vehicles.

About 12.10am a white 1989 Nissan Navara was taken from a home in Clarke Street, South Bunbury, before being abandoned at a property on Ferguson Road, Dardanup a short time later.

A Toyota Landcruiser utility was stolen from the Dardanup property and two occurrences of stealing from parked vehicles were reported within the townsite overnight.

About 2.10am a Landcruiser utility rammed through the glass and security doors of Mad Cycles, running over several children’s bikes, before a passenger ran inside and stole a bicycle.

Police said 20 minutes later a Landcruiser rammed the gates at a landscaping businesses in Davenport and caused damage, but offenders failed to gain entry to the premises.

The vehicle was then seen near a burglary in Winthrop Avenue, College Grove about 2.40am, before it was torched in Usher.

Bunbury police want to speak to anyone who witnessed the incidents or has CCTV, dash-cam or phone footage of the vehicles driving in the early hours on Thursday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers or report online at www.crimestopperwa.com.au.

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