DIRT BIKES STOLEN

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - An­drew Thorpe an­drew.thorpe@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

“THEY’VE done us for $40,000.”

That was Grant Warry’s grim as­sess­ment of the fi­nan­cial hit he and his wife Michelle are set to take af­ter thieves broke into their Biloela busi­ness on Sun­day morn­ing.

Five mo­tocross bikes were stolen from Cal­lide Val­ley Mower Ser­vice: two yel­low Suzuki 2017 RMZ250L7s, a yel­low RMZ450L7, a yel­low RM85LL4 and Grant’s own red Honda CRF450.

“They took ev­ery mo­tocross bike - they knew what they wanted,” Grant said.

“(The bikes) will have VIN num­bers and en­gine num­bers, but they can be grinded off.”

Police said the raid seemed to have been well-planned in ad­vance, with the per­pe­tra­tors gain­ing ac­cess to the busi­ness by jim­my­ing open a side door and pos­si­bly us­ing a trailer to trans­port the bikes.

“In­quiries in­di­cate they were only in­side for a short time,” De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Mike Kitch­ing said. “They’ve en­tered and ex­ited mul­ti­ple times and pushed the bikes out through the side.”

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Kitch­ing said he could not re­call any sim­i­lar raids tak­ing place in Biloela in the last three years, and police were look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity that the per­pe­tra­tors were from out of town.

“We’ve iden­ti­fied a pos­si­ble ve­hi­cle and make of trailer as well as a per­son of in­ter­est, and our in­ves­ti­ga­tions are cen­tred around that par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual,” he said.

Michelle Warry said no cus­tomers’ bikes had been stolen but the com­mu­nity was band­ing to­gether to hunt down the miss­ing prop­erty

A post on the busi­ness’ Face­book page had al­ready re­ceived more than 1000 shares.

“The police are do­ing all they can but have en­cour­aged us to use so­cial me­dia to get this in­for­ma­tion out quickly,” she said.

Any­one who sus­pects they may have come across one of the bikes or wit­nessed any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in the area early on Sun­day morn­ing can call Biloela police on 4992 2333 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 1800 333 000.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STOLEN: Three of the five mo­tocross bikes that were taken from Cal­lide Val­ley Mower Ser­vice on Sun­day morn­ing.

BUSI­NESS OWN­ERS: Grant and Michelle Warry (file photo).

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