Children's bicycles stolen from Fife store in 'despicable' crime just before Christmas

The outside of Leslie Bike Shop in Glenrothes, which was raided by thieves
The outside of Leslie Bike Shop in Glenrothes, which was raided by thieves
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A shop owner has been left devastated after more than £100,000 worth of bicycles were stolen from his Scottish premises.

Around 60 brand new, top-of-the-range bikes were taken in the raid at Leslie Bike Shop in Glenrothes, Fife, in the early hours of Monday.

Police said the stolen bicycles were still in their boxes and included road, mountain, hybrid and electric bikes.

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The shop's owner Bryan Moodie is urging anyone with information to come forward.

Mr Moodie, 23, said: "We first discovered the theft on Monday morning when we came in. We're all pretty devastated here, we're quite a tight-knit group.

"To put all this hard work in and with Christmas coming and to have all these bikes stolen is terrible.

"It was a bit of a shock to open the doors and see that the store had been raided - it was totally empty."

He added: "We are still trying to go on as normal and get through and keep everything running, doing repairs and getting people on their bikes."

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The bikes taken were from a range of models including Cannondale, Specialized, Bianchi and Giant. A number of Cuda-make children's bikes were also stolen.

Police believe a van was used in the theft and urged anyone with information to come forward.

They warned people to beware of anyone offering cheap bikes for sale and to contact police if they are suspicious.

Detective Constable Fraser Simpson from Glenrothes CID said: "This is a despicable crime committed against a small local business and the property stolen is believed to be in excess of £100,000.

"We believe that a white-coloured Luton-type van with a tailgate was involved in this theft and was seen in the area of the premises between 2am and 3am on the morning of Monday December 9."

"These criminals now require to sell these bikes.

"I am urging people, especially during the lead-up to Christmas, to be aware of people offering new bikes for sale, consider that they may be stolen, especially if they appear a lot cheaper than would be expected, and contact police if you are offered any bikes you are suspicious about.

"I would also ask that people share this information online to make sure that as many people as possible are made aware of the theft and can assist our inquires."