Thefts in Martock

Police are warning cyclists to be aware of thieves and to take more stringent security measures after seven expensive road bikes were stolen over a weekend in which a mini crime wave hit Martock.

Five bikes, including a Cervelo worth £5,000 and a Pinarello worth £4,000 were taken from an outbuilding in East Street overnight on Saturday and Sunday. A chain saw, a jet washer and various power and electrical tools were also stolen.

The same night, another two sheds were broken into at another property in East Street, Martock. A specialized bike and power and garden tools were taken. The same night, the same street, a detached garden studio was burgled and a valuable model train set and toys were stolen.

Another Pinarello bike worth more £1,000 was stolen from a garage at a house in the Old Market at some point during Friday and Saturday night.

Police believe the burglaries are linked and that the thieves knew what they were looking for. They are appealing for anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious overnight to contact them with information on 101.

Neighbourhood Sgt. Rob Jameson notes  “These thieves must have used a lorry or a van, so we are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a vehicle like that in the area. They have stolen expensive tools as well as the valuable, distinctive and specialist road bikes, and we would like to hear from anyone who may be offered them for sale at a knock-down price.”

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