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Gravesend woman arrested in connection with £7950 of bike thefts
3:32pm Thursday 6th March 2014 in News
A 21-year-old woman from Gravesend has been arrested in connection with the thefts of high value road bikes used at the Cyclopark totalling £7950.
Kent Police is aware of a small number of reports of thefts of road bikes regularly used at the cycling track in Watling Street and is carrying out enquiries.
Between 5pm on January 1 and 10am the following day, it was reported a GT Grand Tourer carbon bike worth £2,500 and a Giant road bike worth £750 were missing from an address in Old Road East, Gravesend.
Police also received a report after 10am on 21 February of the theft of two high value road bikes from a garage in Luddesdown, Gravesend.
It was reported a Pinarello FP2 worth £1,800 and custom made time trial bike worth £2,900 were missing.
A burglary was also reported at Cyclopark in the early hours of the morning on February 27.
Three bikes parked in front of a shop on the park were reported missing and damage caused to shutters.
Officers carried out a search and the three bikes were located nearby and returned.
Detectives investigating the series of thefts have arrested a 21-year-old woman from Gravesend on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and she has been bailed to April 14 pending further enquiries.
Detective Inspector Mike Worrall of Kent Police said: "My team of detectives are continuing with their enquiries into this series and have made one arrest at this stage.
"I would urge bike owners who use Cyclopark to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.
"Thieves often see bikes as easy pickings because they are at times often left poorly secured or sometimes not at all.
"Always lock your bike wherever you are, and if possible use two locks made from different materials, as thieves will need to use different methods to cut through them.
"We also recover a large number of stolen and abandoned bikes, of which many are never returned to their rightful owners because simple security measures have not been taken.
"It is not uncommon for police to seize bikes believed to have been stolen, but all too often they are not property marked and we are unable to reunite them with their owners.
"This is why we are urging people to be more security minded about their cycles, by recording the bicycle frame number and taking other precautions such as making sure you have photos of your bike or marking it with SmartWater."
Kent Police recommends registering bikes with www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com to maximise the chances of having it returned.
Community support officers can offer tips and advice to protect your property from thieves.
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