Cyclist’s appeal after bikes worth nearly £10k stolen from Westbourne garage

THEFT: Chris Courage, whose bicycles were stolen from a garage in Bournemouth

THEFT: Chris Courage, whose bicycles were stolen from a garage in Bournemouth

First published in News by

BIKES worth nearly £10,000 were stolen from a Westbourne cyclist’s garage.

Chris Courage, who spoke to the Daily Echo last summer after he was sent flying and his bike broken in two in a crash, returned home from a holiday on Tuesday, March 4, to find four prized bikes raided.

The 31-year-old said burglars had inflicted considerable damage on the reinforced garage door, in Grosvenor Road, while levering it open, and that police had told him a long pole must have been used.

“When I went away the garage was locked up, and all the bikes were chained up except the one which was damaged in the crash last year, which I was taking to bits for parts,” he said.

“My neighbour said the door was intact at 4am on the night it happened, but when my flatmate went to work at 7am he found the door hanging off.

“I got back about 10.30am. They took a race bike and a stunt bike, both carbon fibre and brand new last year, a road bike and the one which was split in two, but the parts were still worth a couple of thousand pounds.”

Mr Courage said he believed he had been specifically targeted by thieves who had been following him and knew the value of the bikes.

“In June last year a bunch of kids tried to break in, and a few weeks later my girlfriend at the time came face-to-face with them trying to cut the lock,” he said.

“I think they must have told someone who knew what they were doing. I pay nearly £2,000 a year in insurance, and I’m glad of that now. But the worst thing is wondering whether any new bikes I buy will be safe.”

The stolen bikes are a grey and white Cannondale F29 Carbon 2 on which the front fork has only one arm, a black and blue Specialised FSR Stunt Jumper with custom saddle, a red Specialised Tarmac road bike with a Cycle Ops front wheel and missing back wheel, and the damaged Scott Scale Twentyniner.

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to call 101, quoting incident number 4:106, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Comments (12)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:08pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Townee says...

Were they all post coded? I would have thought the insurance company would have insisted on it.
Were they all post coded? I would have thought the insurance company would have insisted on it. Townee
  • Score: 1

1:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

InkZ says...

Townee wrote:
Were they all post coded? I would have thought the insurance company would have insisted on it.
Doesn't really matter anyway, the components are worth as much as the frames.

About all you can do is make sure that your serial numbers are recorded on bike register dot com.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Were they all post coded? I would have thought the insurance company would have insisted on it.[/p][/quote]Doesn't really matter anyway, the components are worth as much as the frames. About all you can do is make sure that your serial numbers are recorded on bike register dot com. InkZ
  • Score: 1

5:43pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Top_Gear says...

Does Chris have any up to date pictures of the missing bikes?
Does Chris have any up to date pictures of the missing bikes? Top_Gear
  • Score: 1

5:46pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Townee wrote:
Were they all post coded? I would have thought the insurance company would have insisted on it.
Quite possibly the most ridiculous post I have seen to date. Well done.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Were they all post coded? I would have thought the insurance company would have insisted on it.[/p][/quote]Quite possibly the most ridiculous post I have seen to date. Well done. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Thu 13 Mar 14

master plan says...

Police do nothing someone broke into my house while we was asleep in bed and took my £4000 bike they took finger prints and bloody samples from droplets of blood still never traced anyone
Police do nothing someone broke into my house while we was asleep in bed and took my £4000 bike they took finger prints and bloody samples from droplets of blood still never traced anyone master plan
  • Score: 0

6:40pm Thu 13 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Try the cash for goods shops,
Try the cash for goods shops, pete woodley
  • Score: -1

7:52pm Thu 13 Mar 14

dj2761 says...

burglars had inflicted considerable damage on the reinforced garage door, in Grosvenor Road.

"What one padlock" that's not exactly reinforced and the padlock looks in perfect condition.
burglars had inflicted considerable damage on the reinforced garage door, in Grosvenor Road. "What one padlock" that's not exactly reinforced and the padlock looks in perfect condition. dj2761
  • Score: 2

7:55pm Thu 13 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

10 grands worth of bikes....£250 for a long range battery wireless system.....
Stable....door....op
en.....horse....gone
, comes to mind here.
I bet the insurance company will insist on an alarm now,before they reinsure him.
10 grands worth of bikes....£250 for a long range battery wireless system..... Stable....door....op en.....horse....gone , comes to mind here. I bet the insurance company will insist on an alarm now,before they reinsure him. BIGTONE
  • Score: 5

9:30pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Peroni says...

master plan wrote:
Police do nothing someone broke into my house while we was asleep in bed and took my £4000 bike they took finger prints and bloody samples from droplets of blood still never traced anyone
Neighbour near me had a shed burgled , bike worth a £1000 stolen, Police are not interested in out buildings or sheds .......lol..
Not even interested to come around and look .......waste of time having our so called boys in blue....could not catch a bloody cold let alone a crimminal.
[quote][p][bold]master plan[/bold] wrote: Police do nothing someone broke into my house while we was asleep in bed and took my £4000 bike they took finger prints and bloody samples from droplets of blood still never traced anyone[/p][/quote]Neighbour near me had a shed burgled , bike worth a £1000 stolen, Police are not interested in out buildings or sheds .......lol.. Not even interested to come around and look .......waste of time having our so called boys in blue....could not catch a bloody cold let alone a crimminal. Peroni
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Thu 13 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

Drop the padlock and cross your arms! Its Echo law!
Drop the padlock and cross your arms! Its Echo law! hooplaa
  • Score: 5

9:00am Fri 14 Mar 14

suzigirl says...

Hardly very secure!
Hardly very secure! suzigirl
  • Score: -2

11:02am Fri 14 Mar 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Westbourne is slowly sliding into the gutter. I saw a drunk woman by those garages last week squatting down taking a pee at 3pm. She was hideous so I declined the photo oppertunity.
Westbourne is slowly sliding into the gutter. I saw a drunk woman by those garages last week squatting down taking a pee at 3pm. She was hideous so I declined the photo oppertunity. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree