Warehouse owner: Burglars had inside info

Warehouse owner: Burglars had inside info

Police in west Auckland are investigating a major motorbike heist, which saw a warehouse cleared of 150 bikes.

Most of them were children's quad bikes, destined to go under the Christmas tree.

Half of the stock in the warehouse was stolen.

Police want to speak to a man who was captured walking up the driveway to the building early this morning, around the time an alarm system was disabled and a forklift was hotwired and used to load the stolen goods onto a ute inside.

Owner Bruce Wootton says the offenders clearly knew their target.

"Not many people know what we've got in this building. There are a handful of people, so who has done this has had some inside information."

Among the stolen items were 109 child-sized quad bikes, a white Mitsubishi Triton ute and 27 Moped scooters – a total value of more than $160,000.

"It's been a well-orchestrated, methodical burglary," says Detective Constable Shaun Galbraith of the Henderson Police. "It's not your average, run-of-the-mill spontaneous, average burglary."

But it didn't all go according to plan for the brazen burglars.

"They actually kept using the forklift truck until they ran out of LPG," says Mr Wootton. "That's probably the reason they didn't clear the whole place out."

Police want anyone who sees a bike for sale and suspects it may be stolen to contact them.

Police also have a warning for anyone who tries to buy one of the bikes. They say if you're purchasing stolen property then you also run the risk of being charged, and ruining some poor child's Christmas.

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