Thieves target cycling club premises

February 02, 2018

Shepparton Cycling Club members Brad and Rhianon Norton assess the damage.

Shepparton Cycling Club was broken into this week, with Tuesday night’s training inconvenienced as a result of the thieves.

‘‘They stole a whole lot of tools — spanners and Allen keys — that we use for bike repairs,’’ president Arthur Hobson said.

‘‘They also stole our good first-aid kit and a few soft drinks.’’

Mr Hobson said he was thankful no bikes were stolen, but said he was angry about the damage the offenders caused.

‘‘It’s the damage that has been done to our security; it appears they have used an electronic grinder,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll have to review our security procedures and what we’ve got because they weren’t sufficient enough on this particular occasion.’’

Mr Hobson said training had to be interrupted at the club on Tuesday night, while riders waited for police to arrive to investigate.

‘‘We’re a volunteer club designed to provide opportunities for everybody, but particularly kids who want to learn and get some experience,’’ he said.

Police have been notified about a range of crimes at adjoining precincts in the past year, including thefts at the Scouts hall and the BMX club.

‘‘The BMX club have been knocked over several times ... but they haven’t been here for 12 months or so,’’ Mr Hobson said.

‘‘They got into the canteen 18 months ago or more, but this is the first time they’ve got into the bike shed.’’

Anyone with information is urged to phone Shepparton police’s Criminal Investigation Unit on 58205800 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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