Bike stolen from Cheltenham Spa railway station
8:02pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
BRITISH Transport Police officers are appealing for information after a bike was stolen from Cheltenham Spa railway station.
Officers have today released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on Wednesday, 25 September 2013.
Investigating officer, PC Alan Fishpool, said: “The victim, a 49-year-old man from Cheltenham, secured his silver Trek mountain bike to the cycle racks at Cheltenham Spa railway station on the morning of Monday, 23 September.
“When he returned to collect it later the same day, he discovered his bicycle and lock were missing from the racks.
“We have undertaken extensive enquiries into this theft already, including speaking to witnesses, circulating this image on police systems and reviewing CCTV.
“I am now appealing to members of the public to come forward if they recognise the men pictured as we believe they can assist our enquiries.”
Officers would also like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the theft, or who may have been offered the bike for sale.
PC Fishpool added: “Unfortunately, bicycles remain a desirable target for many thieves at train stations. However, BTP is cracking down on this type of crime and we have a dedicated team of officers specifically focused on tackling this issue. We are undertaking plain clothes and high profile operations to catch thieves in the act. Thieves should also be aware that most cycle racks are covered by CCTV so it’s only a matter of time before we track you down.
“We are also working closely with cycle and second-hand shops in the area and are monitoring online auction and advertising sites to make it more difficult for thieves to sell on stolen property.”
Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In all calls please quote incident reference B9/WWA of 16/10/13.