An organised gang of thieves were arrested after a police raid on a house which recovered bikes worth £80,000.
Police served a warrant at a house in Morecambe as part of a larger investigation into the theft and exportation of bikes into Europe. Several members of the gang, who are from Bulgaria, were arrested.
We have pretty much managed to identify the owners of most of the stolen bikes and the vast majority we have managed to return.DS Simon Balderstone
DS Simon Balderstone said: “This was an organised group who’ve been handling high value bikes stolen from Lancaster since the beginning of the year.
“We have pretty much managed to identify the owners of most of the stolen bikes and the vast majority we have managed to return.
“It’s relatively unusual in Morecambe and Lancaster to have an organised gang like this committing crimes, it’s not something you would expect.
“We have cracked it with intelligence led policing and it has been a pleasing and successful result for the victims.”
“We are still in the early stages of the investigation.”
A police spokesman said: “A number of people, six men and a woman, all Bulgarian nationals from the Lancaster and Morecambe area, have been bailed by police until July 27.
“Officers from Lancashire Constabulary are working with officers in Germany who have seized stolen bikes there.
“There is a possible link between these two cases.”
Gary Cowan, 24, of Witherslack Close, Westgate, had a grey and green Mongoose mountain bike stolen from his shed just last week, betwen June 17 and 18.
He said: “It’s quite unbelievable that someone thinks they can take your stuff. It’s very sickening. I was really looking forward to getting out in the Lakes on it and now I’ll never get the chance to use it.” Spokesman for Dynamo Cycle campaign group Paul Stubbins said: “It was refreshing and fantastic news that they caught the bike gang.
“We would encourage people to get their bikes coded.”