CCTV footage captures thieves stealing Â£4,000 electric bike chained up in Sheffield
CCTV footage has been released showing thieves in action as they used bolt croppers to steal a Â£4,000 electric bike from Sheffield.
They struck at the 12 O'Clock Court, Attercliffe, inÂ broad daylight yesterday afternoon '“Â with their criminality captured on top quality CCTV cameras.
Three men were seen walking through aÂ courtyard outside the business centre, between Attercliffe Road and Savile Street,Â before later returning to a cycle rack and stealing a three-week-old electric bike.
Using bolt croppers they were carrying, the men cut through a security chain to release the bike before one of them rode off on it while the others fled.
The men, who were all wearing balaclavas, struck just before 2.40pm yesterday.
A Â£1,000 reward is being offeredÂ for information leading to the identification and arrest of the crooks.
An additional Â£500 reward is beingÂ offered for the safe return of the Mondraker E-Crafty R+ bike, which isÂ in graphite black.
Simon Verona, director of computer software company Dealer Management ServicesÂ Ltd, said: 'The bike was stolen at 14.39Â yesterday from outside our offices, by three men wearing balaclavas.Â
'They cut through the padlock on the rear gate with a set of bolt cutters and then cut the lock on the bike.Â Â Â
'They were captured on CCTV a couple of hours earlier scoping out the bike.
'Clearly, the fact that this was all done in broad daylight in a busy area is clearly a concern.Â Â
'The images are clear enough for somebody to recognise, and I have offered a Â£1,000 reward for any information which would identify the thieves.Â
'In addition there is a Â£500 reward for the return of the bike, which was worth over Â£4,000.
'As a local business owner, I feel a responsibility to both my employees and to the local community to ensure that we do everything we can to remove people like this from the streets.
'Hopefully, the pictures will identify these people and help to do just that.'
Anyone with information about the theft should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident numberÂ 14/16756/19.