MOTOCROSS bikes worth £30,000 were stolen from a private workshop in Islington.
The thieves got away with three bikes on Thursday, April 23rd: a three-year-old red Honda CRF 150, a 2003 Yamaha YZ250 and a Yamaha YZ450 from 2015.
The bikes belonged to David Boardman, 39, a motocross rider for 29 years, his wife Amber, and his father-in-law.
Boardman has put a £2,000 reward for any information leading to their recovery.
“I’ve ridden all over the country and across Europe. These bikes were very good bikes, with good engines,” he said.
The bikes were all chained together his workshop and it is believed that the thieves used one of the workshop’s hacksaws to get through one of the locks.
“They smashed the gates into the workshop and the padlock as well. They seemed to know what they were doing,” Boardman said. “It was about 3am in the morning and we were all at home, so I’m surprised that we didn’t hear anything.”
Apparently, the thieves broke in the first time, rode two bikes away and then came back for the third.
“We’ve been hearing some people in the motorsport world had been followed home after riding at a track in Islington, so, maybe, they knew what they were going to find.”
Following the theft, Mr Boardman has heard reports that the bikes were seen around the area of Ipswich.
The private motorbike workshop, which he doesn’t want named for security reasons, was established in 1979 and is a family-run business.
The showroom provides a selection of motorcycle clothing, helmets, top boxes and other motorcycle accessories.
Any information found about this incident should be reported to the police.