Ram-raiders smash Knypersley garage in early morning bike theft
THIEVES stole a high powered motorbike and a quad bike after ram-raiding a motorcycle garage in the early hours of the morning.
The raid at Road and Race Motorcycles in Knypersley was caught on CCTV at around 3.50am yesterday morning.
Business owner Ken Rome has been left counting the cost after the culprits made off with an off-road motorbike and a quad bike.
The vehicles weren’t insured and Mr Rome says he will lose around £2,500.
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Sole trader Mr Rome, aged 50, who lives in Knypersley, opened Road and Race around two-and-half years ago.
He said: “You can see on the CCTV that they reversed at high speed into the building.
“I have got these big metal roller shutters and they have been smashed in.
“It’s a right mess, there is glass all over the place.
“I’ve got it on CCTV – it looks like they used a white Escort van but you can’t make out the registration.
“You can see them loading the quad bike into the van.
“They’ve even left a crowbar behind.”
The thieves made off with a Yamaha bike and a 100cc quad bike. Mr Rome said: “I have lost about £2,500 worth of stuff that wasn’t insured.
“The building is insured because you have to pay that when you pay the rent, so I should get some money back for the damage.
“But I couldn’t afford to pay the insurance on the vehicles because it was just too expensive.
“The costs seem to have gone through the roof.
“It is hard enough for small businesses to survive let alone pay insurance at that level.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We received a call just before 5am yesterday following reports of a burglary at a motorbike repair shop on Brown Lees Industrial Estate, Knypersley.
“Officers attended the scene where it was established a blue Yamaha off-road bike and a quad bike had been stolen.
“It is believed offenders were in a white van.
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 81 of November 1.
Alternatively they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”