Bandits caught on cam taking bikes

CCTV has captured two people breaking into a Lynbrook garage.

By Brendan Rees

A Lynbrook couple have been left devastated after heartless thieves broke into their garage and stole their two pride-and-joy dirt bikes while they slept.

CCTV showed the bandits searching their garage on Paterson Drive between 2am and 3am on Tuesday 26 November.

Rachelle Staggard said the intruders broke into their Jeep, which was parked in the driveway, before stealing the garage fob from the centre console to open the garage roller door.

The hooded bandits, who are appeared to be one male and female, stole two KTM dirt bikes worth about $12,000 before driving off in a car, believed to be a Kia.

According to Ms Staggard, their surveillance camera captured the intruders returning to their home on two further occasions to collect the bikes as they didn’t appear to have a trailer.

“They took them off the stands and I’m assuming that they wheeled them down the road,” she said.

At one stage, she says, they could be been seen “doing laps of our house”.

Ms Staggard said a pocket bike worth about $1,000, bike stands, a helmet, and tools were also among items taken from the garage.

Still very much in shock, Ms Staggard said: “I didn’t sleep last night because I was just petrified … I don’t know if they would strike again.”

The couple have posted on social media in the hope anyone with information will contact police.

“We don’t care about anything else, mainly the bikes we want back. We can count our losses on everything else,” Ms Staggard said.

The couple had the dirt bikes at the front of the garage ready to load onto their trailer to go away the next day.

“My partner was in the garage working on the bikes on Saturday so I don’t know whether they’ve driven past,” she said.

Staggard said she and her partner as well as their eight-month-old daughter and pet dog were asleep and didn’t hear anything when the incident unfolded.

The bikes are described as orange and white in colour. One bike, which has a four-stroke engine, is a 2014 model with registration 5927G, and has a Red Bull sticker kit. The other, a 2004 model, is a two-stroke engine bike with registration 4720G, and has a DC shoes sticker kit.

Narre Warren Crime Investigation Unit is investigating. Anyone with any information regarding this incident, they are urged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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