Brazen thief rides off on ho­tel’s new elec­tric bi­cy­cle

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A BRAZEN thief stole an elec­tric bi­cy­cle from un­der the noses of staff at the Penin­sula Bou­tique Ho­tel on the Es­planade last Wed­nes­day.

Two elec­tric bi­cy­cles were pur­chased as an ini­tia­tive for guests to get out and see Port Dou­glas and were proudly on dis­play about two me­tres from the ho­tel’s re­cep­tion counter.

About 8pm last Wed­nes­day a staff mem­ber wheeled one bike into the re­cep­tion area for the night and went into the back of­fice and upon re­turn­ing to wheel the sec­ond bi­cy­cle in­side dis­cov­ered it was miss­ing.

Penin­sula owner Sh­eryn Blund­stone said they had video footage which showed the thief walk­ing into the ho­tel en­trance and wheeling the bike away.

‘‘This per­son walked in with his own bike and a bot­tle of wine in his hand, turned around and walked out, came back in less than two min­utes later and just wheeled the bike out,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s dev­as­tat­ing be­cause th­ese are worth a lot of money and en­cour­age guests to get out more and see the des­ti­na­tion.’’

Ms Blund­stone said they had to or­der an­other elec­tric bi­cy­cle be­cause they were booked to be used by cus­tomers.

Penin­sula Bou­tique Ho­tel is on a mis­sion to re­trieve their stolen bike, send­ing out around 400 emails to lo­cal busi­nesses with pic­tures of the of­fender and the bike and in­form­ing the po­lice.

‘‘Please re­turn the bike, ac­tions like this paint a neg­a­tive pic­ture for Port Dou­glas, or as a courtesy ad­vise where the bike is for col­lec­tion,’’ Ms Blund­stone asked.

Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion on the iden­tity of the of­fender or knows the where­abouts of the bi­cy­cle can con­tact po­lice on 4087 1999.

BIKE THIEF: an im­age of the of­fender and (above) the stolen bike

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