A WIRRAL business owner is “heartbroken” after his £6,000 electric bike was stolen from outside his shop.
Iain Joyce, owner of bike repair shop Wheel Worx on The Parade in Parkgate, was serving a customer at the front of his shop when a man entered and stole his bike.
The incident happened at around 2.53pm on Saturday (November 18).
The stolen bike (Image: Iain Joyce)
The 42-year-old from Bebington told the Globe: “My business is a bike shop at the front and a coffee shop at the back outside.
“The back has CCTV and a motion sensor which rings a bell every time someone comes through the gate.
“I heard the bell go off but at that point in time I was in the front of my shop with another customer before I had the chance to get to the back I heard the bell go off again. Normally if someone is waiting for a coffee they’ll just stay there and the motion sensor will continue to go off but when it went off for a second time 30 seconds later I knew something was up.”
Police man are looking for (Image: Iain Joyce)
Iain said he “ran” to the back of his shop which is when he saw his bike had been stolen.
He said: “I do all my bike cleaning outside at my wash area around the side of the building and the bike was locked to an O-ring on the wall but judging by what was left of the lock he made sure work of that.”
Iain checked his CCTV footage which showed a man with his hood up taking the bike and riding away on it.
CCTV footage captures moment thief cycles away (Image: Iain Joyce)
Iain added: “I was devastated when I saw the bike had gone. I run a small business and I work hard for everything I get, and this person has just come along and stolen my pride and joy.
“I ran down the prom to see if I could catch him riding down the front but he was nowhere to be seen.”
“I’m absolutely heartbroken from a personal perspective because it’s my baby there is nothing on that bike that is stock or standard everything has been upgraded by me but the only saving grace is that it was mine and not customers.
“I get hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of bike in this shop to fix, repair, service or sell I am just so lucky that it was one of my bikes and not customers because if someone was to come down to my shop to pick up their baby and their pride and joy and it had been stolen I have no idea what I’d do.”
A spokesperson for Cheshire Police said: “At 2.53pm on Saturday, November 18 police were called to reports of a bike theft in Parkgate.
“The caller reported that an eBike, a Cannondale, had been stolen from outside a stolen from outside a store on the Parade in Parkgate.
“Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us , quoting IML 1694046.”