Raiders Make off with Bikes; Pounds 70,000 Worth of Cycles Taken

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Byline: Katie Davies & Neil McKay

ABIKING enthusiast who turned his hobby into a business is counting the cost of a raid in which cycles worth up to pounds 70,000 were stolen.

CCTV cameras showed four hooded and masked men breaking into David Robinson's premises, Infinity Cycles, on the Littleburn Industrial Estate at Langley Moor, just outside Durham, at 3am on Wednesday. They got away with 35 mountain bikes, some worth as much as pounds 5,000 and with a total value of around pounds 70,000.

Mr Robinson, 32, from Durham, said: "It was obviously a planned raid. At least one of the gang must have been in the workshop before, because they knew how to break into the showroom from an empty building.

"CCTV footage showed them breaking in, but they were wearing hoods and masks. You could see four of them then the CCTV camera was covered up.

"They stole 35 brand new bikes, they must have had a large van or lorry to transport them."

Mr Robinson, a keen cyclist, opened Infinity Cycles almost two years ago and moved to his current premises four months ago.

He said: "I wanted to work at something I enjoy. We are a bike shop run by cyclists for cyclists, but this break-in has been quite a set back.

"The stolen bikes were all mountain bikes and ranged in value from pounds 350 to the top of the range models worth pounds 5,000. …