Opportunist thief steals £600 bicycle

Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police by telephoning 101. (S)
Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police by telephoning 101. (S)

AN expensive mountain bike has been stolen from a property in Brough with St Giles, near Catterick, as its owner cleared out his garage.

The theft happened on Beecher Stowe Drive on Thursday, March 1, at around 10.30am, after the owner left his bike on his driveway for a couple of minutes and returned to find it stolen.

The bike – valued at around £600 – is a red and white Claud Butler with a 20in frame and has a distinctive black scuff on the front right fork.

Officers have made house-to-house enquiries in the area in an effort to locate the bicycle and are now appealing for witnesses to help the investigation.

PC Nicola Pattinson, of Catterick Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This was an opportunist theft that occurred while the victim’s back was turned.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw the bike being taken or any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time of the theft to get in touch with the police or Crimestoppers.

“I would also urge anyone who has been offered the bike for sale to come forward.”

Anyone who can assist the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Nicola Pattinson. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.