Motorbike stolen in smash-and-grab

John Ganderton outside his garage 120515M-A814
John Ganderton outside his garage 120515M-A814
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HISTORY repeated itself at W. Ganderton & Son garage in Buckingham, when a motorcross bike was stolen out of the showroom in a smash-and-grab raid.

The blue Yamaha YZ125 was taken at about 1am Tuesday morning after thieves kicked in a showroom window.

Owner John Ganderton said the bike belonged to his youngest son, Peter, aged 32, who works as a mechanic for Red Bull.

Thirteen years ago, a mini-moto racing bike belonging to his other son, John, was stolen from the shop in a ram-raid.

Following the first break-in, Mr Ganderton installed heavy-duty metal posts outside the showroom to deter ram-raiders.

But Mr Ganderton, who took over the family business from his father 15 years ago, said CCTV footage from Tuesday shows a well-planned raid by two men in black, wearing black balaclavas, using a white Volkswagen Transporter van. “They knew what they wanted,” he said.

“The guy parked the van here at midnight, did his reconnaissance, rang somebody up and drove away. An hour later, two of them came back on foot, did another recce, then went and fetched the van.”

But he said he was resigned to the loss. He said: “It’s a fact of life now. There’s always somebody there who wants what you’ve got and the easiest way to get it is to steal it.”

Anyone with information about the crime or the vehicle used should call the police on 101, quoting URN 63 of May 15.