A SPATE of bike thefts is keeping police busy. Detective Sergeant Shane Cashman, of Kingston CIU, said a man walked into the Mordialloc Bicycle Centre in Beach Road, Mordialloc, mid-afternoon, Thursday 8 February, and asked to take a bike for a test ride.
The attendant, who was busy serving other customers, did not insist on the man leaving a phone or wallet as security.
He wheeled out a yellow Apollo Copperhead mountain bike valued at $3000 and has not been seen since. The man is described as Caucasian, mid-30s, 177cm tall, slim build, unshaven, short brown hair, wearing army camouflage pants, grey t-shirt and carrying a backpack.
In another bike theft, a man chained his Giant cycle to a fence at the rear of Carrum train station and caught the train to work, Monday 5 February. When he returned at 6.30pm the bike was gone and the lock was on the ground. The black and white bike is valued at $600.
An Avanti bike was stolen from outside the station in Albert Street, Mordialloc, Wednesday 7 February. The owner chained the Black Thunder mountain bike to a pole and caught the train to work. When he returned the $500 bike had gone.
Anyone with information is urged to call Kingston CIU 9556 6111 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at crimestoppersvic.com.au online.