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Thieves steal four new enduro machines

Thieves have struck the industry for the fourth time in under a month, this time stealing four new 2017 Sherco enduro bikes.

The theft took place on Friday 11 November at The Holiday Inn Express, Rotherham North, Express Park, Manvers Way, Wath Upon Dearne.

A van parked in the hotel car park was broken into between 5.30pm and 7.15pm. The motorcycles were owned by Malcolm Rathmell Sport and were being transported for use in a Sherco open day the following morning.

The frame numbers are:

300 4T – VNBS630E3HBOO7213

300 2T – VNBS634E3HBOO2964

250 4T – VNBS625E3HBOO7170

250 2T – VNBS624E3HBOO3081

Previously there had been three other thefts. A van belonging to 250London and parked at a hotel near to the Dirt Bike Show was broken into and a variety of motocross clothing was taken.

250London is run by clothing designer Adam Waite, an ex-motocross racer who also owns a London-based menswear store.

The other half of 250 is Jennifer Johnston, Waite’s wife and ex-cross country MTB racer.

“We were shocked to discover that our stock had been stolen from our van in the early hours of Saturday, 28 October, while it was parked at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwick,” said Johnston.  

“It was clearly a professional gang. They had cut the lock from the back door to gain entry and had emptied the boxes of stock, which included race jerseys, MX pants and various T-shirt and caps, leaving the empty boxes behind.” 

Johnston said 250London products were very distinctive and would probably be hard to sell on, especially given the level of exposure the theft has generated.

“We would ask people to look out for anyone daft enough to try to sell the stock in stores, market stalls, car boot sales or eBay and please to alert us.”

Contact Adam on [email protected] or Jen on [email protected]

Thieves struck twice within a week at separate locations at the end of last month to amass a haul of 51 new KTM and OSET machines.

OSET Bikes is appealing for witnesses or information after 45 of its 2017 bikes were stolen from a lorry park in Leicestershire on the night of 25 October.

The incident happened between 6pm and 5am at Markfield Service Station J22 off the M1, while the driver completed an overnight rest break.

The new 2017 bikes were being transported from the docks, having cleared customs, to the manufacturer’s warehouse facilities in the Midlands. From here they were due to be transported across the UK to the dealership network.

The thieves stole only the smaller machines in the range – the 12.5 Eco, 12.5R and 16.0R were the models taken.

Anyone with information should contact Leicestershire police on 101, ask for Leicestershire Police and use crime number 1600-0339-8992.  Alternatively please email [email protected]

The previous day, Monday 24 October, thieves stole six KTM machines from Redline Motorcycles in Loughborough. The raiders ground the perimeter gate off and broke into a company van parked against the door of the premises before moving it to gain access to the showroom.

The bikes to look out for are a 50 SX, frame no. VBKMRA23XHM034499; 65 SX, VKMRA238HM031567; 85 SX, VKMXC235HM025811; plus three EXE machines, a 250, 350 and a 450.

Taking in the damage caused in the raid, it will cost the dealership £25,000, according to store manager Richard Hewitt. “There’s no real hope of recovering the bikes at the moment, to be honest,” said Hewitt. Replacement stock in time for Christmas is not an issue.

Anyone who can help should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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