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Top Gun Yamaha hit by thieves five times in eight months

HIT AGAIN: Des Court owner of Top Gun Yamaha is furious after a recent robbery at his Bundamba motorcycle store.
HIT AGAIN: Des Court owner of Top Gun Yamaha is furious after a recent robbery at his Bundamba motorcycle store. David Nielsen

TOP GUN Yamaha has been hit by thieves five times in the past eight months but owner Des Court is determined to win out in the end.

Thieves stole two Honda CRF 450s from the Bundamba motorcycle business at 3am yesterday by breaking a front window and then smashing the front door out from the inside before escaping with the two bikes.

Mr Court will now install two polycarbonate panels in the door and window and install horizontal bars. The business has done everything possible to deter thieves, installing metal bars in front of all the other glass areas.

"They tried to get in the back door but couldn't get in, so they came back around the front and smashed the window and got in there," Mr Court said.

"Just before Christmas we put in bars in front of all the windows so they couldn't take bikes through the space.

"The door windows are smaller and we thought they would be harder to break. That was the place where we were vulnerable and they found that.

The glaziers have said that the polycarbonate windows we are installing are unbreakable. They are what we use in the prisons.

"The glaziers have said that the polycarbonate windows we are installing are unbreakable. They are what we use in the prisons."

Mr Court said thieves had made off with $60,000 worth of used bikes in the raids. He said his business had no break-ins for four years before the recent spate of robberies. The business is insured but due to skyrocketing premiums, the doubling of excess and the cost of extra security, the real cost has been tens of thousands of dollars more.

Safe City cameras have caught the five thieves on film who worked as a team with spotters stationed outside.

"Police think they are under 20 and the security footage shows that they had taken their shirts off and put them around their heads like balaclavas," Mr Court said.

"I have asked security consultants to come out and see if there is anything else we can do. I am doing as much as I can ... but we have to win."

Topics:  break and enters, bundamba, safe city cameras, top gun yamaha



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