Police Investigate Spate of Cycle Thefts in Cotwolds

Police in the Cotswolds are investigating a number of thefts of bicycles across the area.

The break-ins are thought to have happened between Monday March 25 and Monday April 8 at locations in Kemble, Cowley and Cirencester.

  • In the first incident, which happened between 9am on April 3 and 10am on April 4 at a house on Tall Trees in Stratton, offenders entered the garage through an insecure side door. Once inside they took two racing bikes worth around £2300
  • The second incident, at a house just off West Lane in Kemble happened between 11.30am on March 25 and 6.30pm on April 7. Offenders have entered a garage and taken two mountain bikes with a total value of around £850
  • In the third incident, which happened between 7pm on Sunday April 7 and 7am on Monday April 8 at a house on Chesterton Park, offenders have broken into a locked garage and once inside taken a touring bike and two road bikes with a total value of £1700.
  • The fourth incident, which happened between midnight on March 30 and 2pm on April 7 at a house on a small road near to Cowley Manor Hotel in Cowley. Offenders have broken into a shed at the side and taken three mountain bikes with a total value of £1200.
  • In the fifth incident, at a house on Dollar Street in Cirencester, happened between midnight on April 7 and 8.30am on April 8. Offender(s) have removed a BMX bike worth around £500 from railings at the side of the house.

Police Sergeant Garrett Gloyn said “Clearly this spate of thefts is a concern and we would encourage anyone who may have information to call 101.

“This spate serves as a reminder to everyone to ensure that your home and possessions are securely stored, making sure that outbuildings are locked and bikes have substantial cycle locks when parked outside. We encourage all cycle owners to get their bikes postcode marked; this helps to return bikes to their rightful owners if you are unfortunate to have yours stolen”.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation should call police on 101 quoting incident 113 of March 18.

You can also remain anonymous and contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. In some cases Crimestoppers offer rewards of up to £1000 where information leads to a conviction.

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