Thieves in Edinburgh have been filmed making their getaway with two bicycles after they broke into an alarmed bike store at a house in The Inch district of the Scottish capital.
The footage of the theft, which took place last Thursday 11 November at around noon, was posted to Facebook by Edison Mallare, who said that it had left him “shaken and very angry because they even threaten my family.”
Photographs also posted to Facebook show that the thieves prised open the top of the bike storage unit before cutting through a cable lock securing the bikes in what appears to be a well-planned operation.
In the video, the pair of miscreants – both dressed in black and wearing hoods and masks – can be seen tossing the bikes over the garden fence, where at least one accomplice is waiting, before vaulting it themselves.
Edison, who was at work at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at the time, told road.cc: “My son filmed this while my daughter was calling the police.
“My wife ran downstairs and locked the back door as the third guy in the grey tracksuit was approaching our back door with a piece of log threatening to hit whoever came out to stop them.”
The footage shows the family’s next-door neighbour rushing out and climbing on top of the fence before stopping, presumably because the thieves have already made their getaway.
However, in a reply to a comment on Facebook, Edison said that another neighbour had recovered one of the bikes, adding, “Still good people out there.”
That bike belongs to his wife, and Edison told road.cc that he believed the thieves had left it in an alleyway because during the theft the rear mudguard was dented, causing the wheel to seize, meaning they could not ride it away.
He added that “the alarm went off and the bikes were double locked with cables,” but they “ did not stand a chance against bolt cutters,” and that the “Asgard bike storage was not secured against the cutter as they cut the shroud cover for the padlocks.”
The bike the thieves did get away with is a red Orbea Wild FS.
It is the latest in a series of robberies and thefts of bicycles across the UK that we have reported on in recent weeks, many taking place in broad daylight and in the presence of witnesses.
Last month, the Metropolitan Police arrested a youth following a string of bikejackings by thieves on mopeds in London’s Richmond Park, with the victims in some cases threatened with machetes.
In Birmingham, West Midlands Police have stepped up patrols on the city’s waterways after a number of incidents in which cyclists have been mugged for their bikes while riding along canal towpaths.
And earlier this month in Surrey Quays, south London, thieves used an angle grinder to cut through a lock to steal an e-bike outside the busy shopping centre, with footage taken by a bystander passed to the bike’s owner and police in a bid to track down the gang.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.