Police arrest two in high-value bike theft operation
Sussex Police have arrested two men on suspicion of handling stolen goods and burglary after a ‘day of action’ crackdown on high-value motorcycle theft.
Three houses and two storage units were searched by officers on May 24, leading to the recovery of one stolen motorcycle and the seizure of both a large quantity of tools and plant machinery and a car that the police believed to have been used as part of the thefts. More than 100 cannabis plants were also found at two of the addresses, which led to additional charges.
These raids come after a string of more than 30 high-value motorcycle thefts in the Hastings and Rother area since November 2018, usually from garages or outbuildings. The two men who were arrested, both aged 33, have been released on police bail and enquiries are continuing.
Commenting, Inspector Aidan Cornwall said: “This has been a successful operation, but our investigation is continuing and we would like to appeal for information about the outstanding motorbikes. We think they are being stored discreetly in storage containers or garages and we would like anyone who has information around bikes being stored in a suspicious way to come forward. Meanwhile, we also urge owners to increase security and vigilance when leaving bikes at the roadside, or in garages or outbuildings."
If you have any information that may assist the police in their enquiries, you can report it online or by ringing 101 and quoting Operation Jump.
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