Between 9 pm on Sunday February 28th and 7 am on Monday March 1st, unknown people broke into a number of townhouses and garages in the Cronulla, Australia area.
The home of two-time Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander, was one of the addresses targeted by the thieves who stole two bikes (including Craig’s Orbea racing bike which was equipped with rare/prototype Shimano components) from his garage, as well as an amount of bicycle parts with a combined estimated value of $25,000.
Police attached to Miranda Local Area Command are investigating the break-ins and have conducted a canvass of the area. Crime scene officers have also conducted a number of forensic examinations.
Inspector Greg Bamford from Miranda Local Area Command has appealed for public assistance to locate the bicycles and the person/s responsible for the thefts.
“A number of homes were broken into over the weekend, and I would appeal for anyone to come forward with information that could help us locate the bikes and any other stolen property, and track down the offenders,” Inspector Bamford said.
“I’ve invested a lot of time and effort in training for an upcoming overseas event in three weeks time and the theft of my competition bikes is a major setback. I’d appeal to anybody who knows the current location of the bikes to contact police so they can be returned and I can resume my quest for world championship success,” said Alexander. “My bikes are easily identifiable as they are specially prepared for athletes involved in this type of competition. One of them is a prototype with specialist components that cannot be purchased.”
We realize that most of our readers are a long distance away from Australia, but since we have international readers, and such items can be re-sold online at various sites everyone can still be on the lookout and be of help to Craig.
So anyone with information about the whereabouts of any stolen property or the bicycles, or with information about the identity and whereabouts of person/s who may be able to assist with inquiries, is asked to contact Miranda Police on (02) 9541 3899 or Crime Stoppers on 18000 333 000. Members of the public are reminded that they can remain anonymous and all information received will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.
Information provided by the files of the New South Wales Police Force