Christchurch Scotty Browns NZ bicycle shop broken into in early morning
Scotty Browns NZ, on Wordsworth St in Sydenham, was robbed at around 4 a.m. on Thursday. Photo / George Heard
Two wanted and hard to find bikes were stolen in a morning raid.
Scotty Browns NZ, on Wordsworth St in Sydenham, was robbed at around 4 a.m. on Thursday.
Owner Scott Brown said he was awakened by a call from the security company saying there had been a break-in to the store.
“They forced open a very heavy sliding door that is only accessible from the inside and took the van from the store and slammed it through the glass front doors.
“They then opened the doors and collected as much as they could under what was a wreckage of broken glass and aluminum,” he said.
Brown said they were very curious how the van got started as the keys were locked in a draw.
Among the loot that was taken were two Cervélo carbon gravel bikes.
Brown said they are worth around $ 25,000 each.
It also appears that thieves have stolen up to 1,000 designer items of clothing.
“In some ways it looks like an order to get what they needed and in other ways it is like why would they take it?”
Bikes have an electrical component, which means they need a charger.
“There is no charger on it, so it’s going to be a little pointless.
“These bikes are very exclusive, they are very difficult to obtain right now, especially because of the way the world is with the pandemic.”
Brown said they are preparing to relocate the store in the next few months so they don’t have CCTV cameras in place.
“It happened at a pretty crappy time, we didn’t really need that.”
But the store’s van was captured by police CCTV passing through the city center after the incident, he said.
“The police did an incredible job this morning. They were absolutely wonderful.”
Brown said the incident was not really a big deal for him.
“No one is hurt but it’s just a inconvenience for the guys who work for me and do a great job every day.”