£30,000 worth of scooters stolen from Sheffield business just days after it opens

A Sheffield business owner has been left “gutted” after £30,000 worth of electric scooters was stolen from his shop just days after it opened.

Sunday, 15th November 2020, 10:51 am

Gordon Riley, 49, only welcomed the first customers to Yorkshire Electric Scooters on Leeds Road in Attercliffe this week, but thieves struck just eight minutes after he left the premises on Friday evening at around 7.10pm, stealing every item of stock inside.

He said: “It happened on Friday night and Saturday morning. It started about 7.20pm until the early hours of Saturday morning.

"They were watching me. I’ve only been established for one month.”

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Yorkshire Electric Scooters on Leeds Road in Attercliffe welcomed its first customers just this week.

No fewer than 34 scooters were taken by three females and 10 males, who were caught on CCTV, at various points through the night.

Three males initially broke in before more thieves were seen driving up to the shop in a car.

South Yorkshire police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.

Gordon, who lives in Derbyshire, set the business up with redundancy money from his previous job at Hewlett-Packard. His first member of staff was due to start work on Saturday.

The scooters have a distinctive design with the logo 'KUGOO' on all of them.

Now he faces an anxious wait to see if his insurers will cover the losses.

Gordon said: "I’m gutted.

“I have been ill and have not worked for over five years and I thought I would try and give back, employ people and hopefully become bigger and better over time.”

All the scooters have the distinctive name KUGOO on them and anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting 14/168452/20.