Bikes stolen at Cape-to-Cape

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page -

Cel­e­bra­tions af­ter the end of the week­end’s Cape-to-Cape MTB were soured by an op­por­tunis­tic thief.

Women’s race win­ner Holly Har­ris had three prized moun­tain bikes stolen from her ve­hi­cle some time be­tween 2am and dawn on Mon­day morn­ing.

The three bi­cy­cles in­clude a black Merida 96 rac­ing bike with 27.5 inch wheels, which is the only one of its type in Aus­tralia.

Mar­garet River po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Sergeant Luke Fowler called on res­i­dents to pass any de­tails about the stolen bikes to au­thor­i­ties.

“Mar­garet River po­lice would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to re­mind the com­mu­nity that se­cur­ing your per­sonal prop­erty, in par­tic­u­lar bikes when they are left unat­tended, is an im­por­tant step in de­ter­ring theft in and around town,” Sgt Fowler said.

“Thieves are of­ten op­por­tunis­tic in na­ture. If prop­erty is prop­erly se­cured, they’ll of­ten move on to eas­ier tar­gets.”

It is un­der­stood the bikes were on Har­ris’ ve­hi­cle and unat­tended when they were taken from a prop­erty off Caves Road.

MTB en­thu­si­asts flooded so­cial me­dia with warn­ings about the miss­ing bikes.

Sgt Fowler said the bike would be of lit­tle use to any lo­cal en­thu­si­asts and quickly iden­ti­fied by ex­perts.

Cape-to-Cape MTB race di­rec­tor Sally Hill said the thefts were a dis­ap­point­ing blow af­ter such a suc­cess­ful event.

“High-end moun­tain bikes are eas­ily recog­nis­able and I ask the Mar­garet River and the MTB com­mu­ni­ties to con­tact the lo­cal po­lice if they have any knowl­edge of those re­spon­si­ble, or de­tails of the where­abouts of the bikes,” she said.

“We hope the bikes are quickly re­turned to their own­ers, as this sort of be­hav­iour is truly dis­ap­point­ing and def­i­nitely not in the spirit of our MTB com­mu­nity.”

Wit­nesses are asked to call 9757 2222 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: C2CMTB

Cape-to-Cape MTB women’s win­ner Holly Har­ri­son on her Merida rac­ing bike, one of three stolen af­ter race cel­e­bra­tions ended.

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