More than £17,000 worth of top-end cycling equipment, including two road racing bikes worth thousands of pounds, has been stolen during a burglary at a house in Shrewsbury.
A white, red and black Pinarello Dogma 60.2 road racing bike worth £7,000 was taken, along with another Pinarello bike of similar colours worth £4,000. Both have lightweight, carbon frames.
Also stolen were a Garmin cycle computer and several sets of wheels, including Lew Racing carbon wheels worth £2,500 and an aluminium Campagnolo set, both with Continental Competition tyres.
Two of the rear wheels stolen have Campagnolo Super Record groupsets attached, as does one of the Pinarello bikes.
The burglary happened in Lexden Gardens, Belle Vue, some time between about 2am and 6am on Tuesday. Police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.
Constable Ingrid Hall, of Shropshire’s burglary unit, said the cycle equipment was highly specialised and should stand out if it was offered for sale to anyone.
She said: “These are not your average road bikes or wheels,” and asked anyone with information about their whereabouts or who has been offered them for sale, to phone her on 101. Information about the incident can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where a reward is sometimes offered.
West Mercia Police are running the Citadel initiative launched to tackle a recent increase in burglary, particularly across Shropshire and Telford.
Richard Ewels, a spokesman for West Mercia Police, said: “Burglary is a high priority for the force and more than 600 people have been arrested so far since April this year.”
For information on securing property visit the force’s website at www.west mercia.police.uk or call 101.