Charity Ride Bike Stolen In Shrewsbury
Police are investigating the theft of the bike from outside Stan Jones Cycles on Wyle Cop at around 12.15pm yesterday.
It was stolen when the 35-year-old rider, who comes from Shropshire, called in to buy some parts for repair work.
He was only gone a few moments when two youths took the bike. Police were alerted and two 16-year-olds have been arrested on suspicion of theft.
The bike is still missing and an appeal for information to help trace it has been issued by police. Anyone who can assist is asked to contact Shrewsbury police station on 101.
Police Constable Simon Lewis, the investigating officer, said today: "The owner is anxious to recover the bike so he can continue his journey to Scotland.
"It is a gent's while Cube Aerial racing bike with air brakes worth about £1,000. It was taken from inside the archway to the courtyard at Stan Jones Cycles while he was buying some parts.
"He is doing the ride to raise funds for Hope House on behalf of terminally ill children."
PC Lewis also appealed for witnesses, in particular, an elderly woman who is believed to have taken a swipe at one of the offenders with her handbag as he made off on the bike up Town Walls. A number of delivery vans were also parked in the area at the time.
The two suspects were taken into custody at Shrewsbury police station and later given bail, with conditions, while further inquiries are carried out.
Information can also be given to the anonymous Crimestoppers charity by calling 0800 555 111.
Issued: Wednesday, 22 August 2012