Bike thieves active

My brother had a $6000 bike stolen from the corner of Armadale shopping centre building closest to the main entry which is close to the roundabout intersecting Church Road with Fourth Road.

This corner of the shopping centre encloses IGA, separating it from the car park outside IGA.

The bike was chained to a pole at that corner and my brother had entered the shopping centre for only a few minutes when the thieves chopped the padlock with bolt cutters and disappeared with the bike within minutes ” all in daylight about 11am.

We suspect the bike was quickly and discreetly put into a van or a ute of some sort, most likely parked in the loading bay that lies very close to that area, or parked out of sight just around the corner of the building, possibly along with several other stolen bikes.

It is possible, though unlikely, that the thief walked around with the bolt cutters and simply rode off with the bike, leaving the chain and my brother’s helmet near the pole.

The bike is best described as a very good quality, blue-and-white Amiata road cycle bike, with the words ‘Designed in WA’ printed on the frame.

Unbelievably, security cameras do not cover that particular pole and the efficiency of these thieves lends us to believe that they were semi-professional and had gone on the thieving rampage that day knowing that the Armadale police station was closed for the public holiday.

The incident was reported to local police and security guards. It is known that several other bikes were stolen that day.

We are appealing to the public to tell Armadale police as soon as possible if they happened to see anything suspicious that day in that car park or around the other car parks, or if they saw the bike being ridden anywhere.

My brother does not own a car and relies on the bike to get to work.