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