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Family counts the cost after thieves strike for third time

jpco-19-2-14 Garages in Breydon Walk, Furnace Green were  broken in to. Michael Jennings and his father Malcolm had three bikes stolen (Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco-19-2-14 Garages in Breydon Walk, Furnace Green were broken in to. Michael Jennings and his father Malcolm had three bikes stolen (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Thieves broke into a family’s garage and stole three bikes worth more than £1,000.

Burglars took 68-year-old Malcolm Jenning’s £700 racing bike from his garage in Breydon Walk, Furnace Green, early on Monday (February 17).

The bike was a present from his wife, Linda, for his 65th birthday.

Malcolm said: “I was beginning to use it for exercise but all that’s blown out of the window.”

His son, Michael Jennings, 30, had his two bikes, a £500 racing bike and a BMX bike, taken from the garage.

Michael, a factory assistant, used his racing bike nearly every day to commute to work in Faygate.

He said: “I don’t have a car to get around in.

“It’s the only type of transport I have to get to places and work.”

Michael discovered the break-in at 7.45am on Monday.

His father said it was the third burglary at the council-owned garage in four years.

Michael lost a £1,500 trail bike he had built himself in the second break-in around two years ago.

The family had lost around six bikes in the burglaries.

Michael said: “It’s quite frustrating because it’s one garage that seems to be targeted.

“The council need to do something about putting security cameras because we can’t keep going on like this - it’s our livelihoods they are wrecking.”

He planned to lock the garage with a padlocked metal bar across its doors from now on.

A Crawley Borough Council spokesman said: “The council owns more than 5,000 garages and all are fitted with standard, adequate locks.

“People who rent garages from the council are advised that they are able to add extra locks at their own cost if they wish to.

“If a particular garage was targeted on a regular basis we may be able to provide a ground bolt-type of lock for a padlock but this would depend on individual circumstances.”

The garage was the one of a number that were broken into in Norwich Road that night.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said the break-ins had been linked but no reports of other thefts had been made.

The spokesman said the garage, in Norwich Road, Furnace Green, was targeted between 1pm on Sunday and 7am on Monday (February 17).

He said: “One of the bikes is a blue Dawes 12 gear road racer with silver mudguards and the second is a white Specialized with racing handlebars and a rear mudguard.

“Anyone who saw anything suspicious or who may have seen or been offered the bikes is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 160 of 17/02.”

 
 
 

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