Rare bike stolen from Aldridge – police issue more CCTV images

West Midlands Police have this morning issued a statement about the bike theft from the Shell Petrol Station in Northgate, Aldridge featured here yesterday, together with more detail and further images of the suspect and vehicle.

If you can help, please do – it’s horrid having your stuff nicked, and I particularly empathise with anyone losing their wheels.

West Midlands Police wrote:

Thief swiped £7,000 pedal cycle – do you recognise him?

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Police are keen to speak to this individual – image from forecourt CCTV provided by the bike’s owner and posted on Facebook.

An opportunist thief tries to cover his face as he moves in to swipe a £7,500 professional pedal cycle from a petrol station forecourt – but police are confident someone will recognise him or his distinctive ‘melting trainer’ top.

The man struck on the afternoon of Thursday August 20 at the Shell garage in Northgate, Aldridge, and rode off on the bespoke bike when the rider left it unattended to get change from the kiosk.

It’s understood he jumped from the passenger seat of a white Transit before putting the bike – a turquoise Santa Cruz Nomad with pink writing – into the back of the van.

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Someone must know who this is. Please dob them in if you know. Image from West Midlands Police.

Investigator Lisa Lacey from Walsall Police’s Investigation Team, said: “This is a sly opportunist theft of a highly-prized possession. The victim, a cycle enthusiast, saved up for some considerable time to pay for the bike; it was built bespoke to him with parts imported from as far afield as Canada and he is desperate to be reunited with the bike .”

“The thief made efforts to cover his identity but we have secured clear CCTV footage of him. He’s a white man, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, with closely cropped or shaved hair.

“He was wearing a very distinctive black top with a multi-coloured logo depicting a melting trainer. If anyone recognises him then I’d urge them to contact me.”

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Lacey in the Walsall Investigation Team on the 101 number.

If you know someone that’s suddenly pitched up with a bike matching that description that you feel could be the one in question, please do contact West Midlands Police or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also mail me in confidence and I’ll pass any information on anonymously: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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The stolen Santa Cruz Nomad. It’s distinctive – look out for it. Image posted on Facebook by it’s owner.

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