The owners of a Chester bike shop, which was targeted by thieves at the weekend, insist they will continue trading.
Ian Carter, who runs Bike Logic in Helsby, arrived at the shop on Monday morning to discover around £40,000 of goods had been taken.
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The thieves were ruthless in their ransacking, taking 29 bikes, the shop’s entire clothing range, shoes and helmets in the raid.
The shop’s stock of 2015 bikes was taken, as well as an £8,000 time trial bike belonging to a customer, leaving Carter and his son Lewis, who helps run the shop, out of pocket.
“The easy thing would be to cease trading but this would mean the thieves have won over our livelihood and we are not willing to bow down to this type of people,” Ian Carter told the Chester Chronicle.
“We have a following of customers who deserve a quality outlet for servicing and the messages of support encourage us to carry on.”
PC Donna Halksworth, of the Western Rural Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “This was a well-organised and planned crime.
“However, to remove the volume of bikes and equipment would still have taken a substantial amount of time.
“We would appeal to anyone who saw activity around the shop at the time to contact police.”
Anybody who has any information should call Cheshire police on 101 quoting incident number 142 of Monday, January 19.