Thieves stole £20,000 worth of equipment from Bike Centre in North Baddesley

Chris Bailey (left) and Tony Edwards, co-owners of The Bike Centre in North Baddesley which was raided by thieves

Chris Bailey (left) and Tony Edwards, co-owners of The Bike Centre in North Baddesley which was raided by thieves

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THIEVES have ransacked a cycle shop and made off with bikes and equipment worth more than £20,000.

Burglars raided the Bike Centre, North Baddesley, taking 20 bikes and petty cash, leaving the owners devastated.

Co-owner Chris Bailey arrived at the shop at 8.30am yesterday to open up and only realised after he got inside that something was wrong.

The showroom was left almost empty and the floor strewn with debris, while a back room had been searched so thoroughly that coffee tins had their lids pulled off.

The business is owned by Mr Bailey and Tony Edwards, with directors Jane Edwards and Trish Bailey.

Mr Bailey said: “I’m totally gutted. We are absolutely devastated because we have worked hard for two years to build this up from nothing and get it going.

The owners believe that due to the amount of bicycles and equipment that were taken, the shop must have been especially targeted by the thieves.

Valuable electric bikes and chargers were taken, while less valuable children’s gear was left behind.

The business opened in the current premises in October 2013 after relocating from a warehouse which began trading a year previously.

Mr Bailey and Mr Edwards have been friends and bike enthusiasts since childhood and both worked separately before deciding to team up and go into business.

Mrs Edwards said: “They took all the good stuff and they had to know what they were doing.

“We’ve been doing extremely well here, building up a client base. We worked so hard.”

The items stolen include bikes made by FreeGo and Juicy, and the owners urge anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area, or who is offered a bike, to contact police.

PC Claire Browne said: “It’s a high-value burglary and could have happened at any point from Saturday at 5pm to 8.30am on Tuesday morning.

“We will be doing research in respect of the stolen items and carrying out enquiries to see whether anybody heard anything.”

Contact Romsey police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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9:30am Wed 27 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

The thieves knew what they wanted. Bet the bikes are miles away by now.
When my friend had his thousand pound bike stolen we found it advertised on gumtree. Told the police, said they would meet us there and never turned up. What a sham.
The thieves knew what they wanted. Bet the bikes are miles away by now. When my friend had his thousand pound bike stolen we found it advertised on gumtree. Told the police, said they would meet us there and never turned up. What a sham. excusemoi
  • Score: 21

10:43am Wed 27 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

excusemoi wrote:
The thieves knew what they wanted. Bet the bikes are miles away by now.
When my friend had his thousand pound bike stolen we found it advertised on gumtree. Told the police, said they would meet us there and never turned up. What a sham.
Police couldn't track mine when it got stolen despite them seeing the thief leave on CCTV into an area of town which has CCTV all the way through.

If it's not insured it'll cost a lot to replace. I'm insured on my cheap one just in case as it's stored outside my flat in a storage shelter.
[quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: The thieves knew what they wanted. Bet the bikes are miles away by now. When my friend had his thousand pound bike stolen we found it advertised on gumtree. Told the police, said they would meet us there and never turned up. What a sham.[/p][/quote]Police couldn't track mine when it got stolen despite them seeing the thief leave on CCTV into an area of town which has CCTV all the way through. If it's not insured it'll cost a lot to replace. I'm insured on my cheap one just in case as it's stored outside my flat in a storage shelter. camerajuan
  • Score: 12

10:53am Wed 27 Aug 14

lillylooper says...

wonder if those bikes are going to be re-cycled ??
wonder if those bikes are going to be re-cycled ?? lillylooper
  • Score: -14

11:03am Wed 27 Aug 14

Saint Anthony says...

lillylooper wrote:
wonder if those bikes are going to be re-cycled ??
On yer.bike 😼
[quote][p][bold]lillylooper[/bold] wrote: wonder if those bikes are going to be re-cycled ??[/p][/quote]On yer.bike 😼 Saint Anthony
  • Score: -11

2:43pm Wed 27 Aug 14

geoff51 says...

Has anyone seen Ginger Cyclist lately?
Has anyone seen Ginger Cyclist lately? geoff51
  • Score: 3

4:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

deepheat says...

My uncle works for a company that makes bicycle wheels.

He's the Spokesman.
My uncle works for a company that makes bicycle wheels. He's the Spokesman. deepheat
  • Score: 9

4:07pm Wed 27 Aug 14

geoff51 says...

There is a sudden flush of new bikes among the Lycra brigade that post on here! I wonder why?
There is a sudden flush of new bikes among the Lycra brigade that post on here! I wonder why? geoff51
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Wed 27 Aug 14

richieroo says...

I wondered what 'The Proclaimers' were up to these days...

I suppose they will have to walk 500 miles now some toe rag has stolen their bikes!?.

In all seriousness I hope the scumbags are caught.
I wondered what 'The Proclaimers' were up to these days... I suppose they will have to walk 500 miles now some toe rag has stolen their bikes!?. In all seriousness I hope the scumbags are caught. richieroo
  • Score: 4

6:40pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Stubs says...

Were the thieves saddle sniffers. Apparently it's all the trend these days.
Were the thieves saddle sniffers. Apparently it's all the trend these days. Stubs
  • Score: 4

8:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

BikerNick says...

Hope the Police get someone in the frame as soon as.
Hope the Police get someone in the frame as soon as. BikerNick
  • Score: 0

10:21am Thu 28 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

geoff51 wrote:
Has anyone seen Ginger Cyclist lately?
Oh look, Jeffy on a cycling story despite hating them for no reason!

In other news, the sun is hot, the ocean is salty and big dogs are bigger than small dogs.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Has anyone seen Ginger Cyclist lately?[/p][/quote]Oh look, Jeffy on a cycling story despite hating them for no reason! In other news, the sun is hot, the ocean is salty and big dogs are bigger than small dogs. camerajuan
  • Score: -1

8:05pm Thu 28 Aug 14

geoff51 says...

camerajuan wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Has anyone seen Ginger Cyclist lately?
Oh look, Jeffy on a cycling story despite hating them for no reason!

In other news, the sun is hot, the ocean is salty and big dogs are bigger than small dogs.
Someone really needs to lighten up and join in the light hearted banter this item has created. you and your sad friends do youself no favour and Ginger is almost as ludicrous as Southy
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Has anyone seen Ginger Cyclist lately?[/p][/quote]Oh look, Jeffy on a cycling story despite hating them for no reason! In other news, the sun is hot, the ocean is salty and big dogs are bigger than small dogs.[/p][/quote]Someone really needs to lighten up and join in the light hearted banter this item has created. you and your sad friends do youself no favour and Ginger is almost as ludicrous as Southy geoff51
  • Score: 0

10:26am Fri 29 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

geoff51 wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Has anyone seen Ginger Cyclist lately?
Oh look, Jeffy on a cycling story despite hating them for no reason!

In other news, the sun is hot, the ocean is salty and big dogs are bigger than small dogs.
Someone really needs to lighten up and join in the light hearted banter this item has created. you and your sad friends do youself no favour and Ginger is almost as ludicrous as Southy
Yes, we've all seen your "light hearted banter" Jeffy.

Comparing cyclists to Nazis is like comparing butterflies to rabid staffies.

You not found a hobby yet other than trolling the DE site for cycling stories? If that's all you have then I genuinely pity your existence. There's a whole world outside with literally thousands of things to do. New things get invented every day. Try something - you might like it!
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Has anyone seen Ginger Cyclist lately?[/p][/quote]Oh look, Jeffy on a cycling story despite hating them for no reason! In other news, the sun is hot, the ocean is salty and big dogs are bigger than small dogs.[/p][/quote]Someone really needs to lighten up and join in the light hearted banter this item has created. you and your sad friends do youself no favour and Ginger is almost as ludicrous as Southy[/p][/quote]Yes, we've all seen your "light hearted banter" Jeffy. Comparing cyclists to Nazis is like comparing butterflies to rabid staffies. You not found a hobby yet other than trolling the DE site for cycling stories? If that's all you have then I genuinely pity your existence. There's a whole world outside with literally thousands of things to do. New things get invented every day. Try something - you might like it! camerajuan
  • Score: -2

11:03am Fri 29 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

Ah the obligatory thumbs down from Jeffy, how should I tell my parents that I've failed at life?
Ah the obligatory thumbs down from Jeffy, how should I tell my parents that I've failed at life? camerajuan
  • Score: -1

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