Thieves steal $25,000 worth of bikes
A BRISBANE bike shop has offered a $5000 reward for the return of a one-of-a-kind electric bike that was stolen during a burglary last week.
Three bikes worth a total of $25,000 were stolen from Electric Bikes Brisbane at Milton last Thursday, with CCTV capturing a man on camera outside the building.
Owner Nick Willis said despite the massive financial cost and damage to the store, they were most devastated by the theft of the custom-made limited edition AVE TH11 RS carbon e-bike.
He said $5000 is on offer for the safe return of the bright orange bike and information that leads to prosecution.
"One of the reasons we're putting a reward up is we're launching a new brand in Australia, and it's a hand-built bike that's a one of a kind," he said.
"We got that painted locally and there's not another one like it at the moment. We're launching in four weeks and that was going to be one of our hero demo models, so we really want it back."
He said the bike would cost around $7000 to replace.
"By putting a reward up, we're hoping that somebody either notices it or can help in recovering it," he said.
"We're just trying to get a bit of awareness out there so that if someone sees something offered that's that unique, hopefully they'll come forward."
Mr Willis also said he was hoping the bike could be returned in time for a video shoot schedule for Monday.
He said AVE are due to launch in Australia in March.
Another two electric mountain bikes were stolen in the raid.
He also urged other ebike stores to beware of random requests for Shimano E8000 or Bosch CX chargers that could be for the stolen bikes.
A Queensland Police spokesman said yesterday police were investigating the break and enter of a business on Douglas St on February 2.
"At the moment we have not charged anyone or taken anyone into custody," he said.
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