Thieves smash way into bike shop
THIEVES have taken off with more than $7000 worth of trail bikes in a midnight raid on an Ipswich motorcycle shop.
At least four balaclava-wearing crooks smashed glass windows at the front entrance of Top Gun Yamaha on Brisbane Rd, Bundamba, about 11.30pm Wednesday.
Store owner Des Court said the offenders moved several motorcycles out of the way so that they could remove two specific bikes - a 2009 Yamaha 450F and a 2010 MTM.
The Yamaha is worth about $6000, while the MTM - a cheap Chinese replica of the better known KTM motorcycle - is only worth about $1500.
Despite several attempts in recent years, Wednesday night's incident was the first time in the business' four-and-a-half year history that someone successfully broke in and stole a motorcycle.
The last actual theft occurred only a week and a half ago - when a brazen crook simply started one of the display bikes - a $9000 Yamaha YZ 450F - and sped off in broad daylight.
The thief and the bike haven't been seen since.
"We've had several windows broken over the years but nobody has ever made it inside," Mr Court said.
The thieves loaded the stolen bikes into a white van, which had been stolen from a nearby address earlier in the night.
Police believe there was also a second vehicle involved in the offence - a silver Nissan X Trail.
Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.