Rugby burglary victim criticises police for ‘lack of response’ to £5,000 crime

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THIEVES have caused £5,000 worth of damage during a burglary at a house in Rugby.

A number of expensive bikes were targeted during the shed burglary in Oxford Street last week - and the owner has slammed the police for a lack of response.

One bike worth around £2,000 was stolen and a further £3,000 worth of damage was caused to five other bikes.

The owner of the bikes, who don’t want to be named, said: “The bikes were in the shed and were well secured. We weren’t prepared for them to come with cutting gear. They cut through the shed lock. There were six bikes all locked together and they cut through five bike frames to steal one. It was very planned.”

The incident is the third time in 18 months that the shed has been targeted by thieves.

The last time the owner caught the thieves in the act and chased them away.

He said: “It’s not a nice experience. We believe it’s the same people coming back. No one else in the vicinity is being targeted. We’re devastated.”

The man reported the crime to the police as soon as he discovered the missing bike and the rest of the damage.

He said: “The police aren’t interested. I think it’s disgusting. No one has been out to take any evidence. A PCSO visited but it was just a courtesy call. He doesn’t have to power to do anything.”

The man has now written a letter of complaint to MP Mark Pawsey, Chief Constable Andy Parker and the three Police and Crime Commissioner candidates.

Warwickshire Police said the man had been given a security alarm which was not working on the night in question.

A spokesman said: “We do not routinely send scenes of crime officers to shed burglaries because of the limited forensic opportunities the scenes offer, but we actively seek information which will help us catch the offenders and bring them to justice. If he is still unhappy with the level of service he should contact his local police inspector to discuss the matter.”

The burglary happened between 6pm on November 7 and 9.45am on November 8.

Witnesses or anyone with information call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.