A popular Southern suburbs cycle shop has again been hit by a group of brazen skelms whose modus operandi it is to use a vehicle to ruk off the security gates before they burgle stores.
Just months after expensive bicycles worth R300 000 were stolen from Crown Cycles in Imam Haron Road in Claremont, a group of skelms again tried to ruk off the security gates using their vehicle on Monday morning, but were unsuccessful.
Co-owner Gary Cloete says they were left disappointed when they arrived at work to find the skelms had returned to steal again from the family-run store.
The incident captured on CCTV footage shows four suspects arriving at the shop shortly after 4am.
One suspect is seen taking a concrete slab and smashing the glass window before the group tied a rope to the security gates and try to ruk it off, but failed.
Cloete says luckily the skelms did not get into the store but says after the previous burglary in July last year they found their bikes were being sold on WhatsApp groups for half the price.
“We gave the information to the police, but nothing came of the case. We really thought they were done with us.
“This happened during the national curfew and the vehicle they used, a VW kombi, did not even have number plates on so we wonder how they didn’t get stopped on the road.”
SAPS’ Andrè Traut says an attempted burglary case is being investigated by Claremont police.
“Nothing has been taken and arrests are yet to be made.”