A NEWLY-opened mountain bike business has been left reeling by a £17,000 raid.
Bosses at Bounce Rivington Leisure say they are relocating as a result of the break-in, which they described as “absolutely devastating”.
Police have launched an appeal into the burglary at the firm, based in a unit at Coppull Enterprise Centre, Mill Lane.
Joint-owner Frank Spear, 34, said he was still unsure whether the business – which opened at the start of January – could carry on.
“It’s touch and go,” he admitted. “It’s just absolutely destroyed everything. It’s up in the air, to be honest.”
Mr Spear said the business – which has also runs mountain bike holidays and skills training courses for a year – had been on the up after a lot of work and financial hardship.
He said: “I’ve just had a baby and my wife’s on maternity. I said I’m going to be able to take a wage for a week for the first time in a year. I said if we carry on like this we’re going to have to take somebody on.”
Mr Spear, who also lost his pride and joy £600, black Guild, electro-acoustic guitar in a hard case, and mac with his wedding photos on, in the burglary, said loyal customers and family members were helping to keep the business afloat. But he said it would now be moving into the Preston area.
The burglary took place between 6.30pm on Saturday, February 7, and 11am on Sunday, February 8.
It is thought the unknown offenders gained access to the main building by smashing a window and opening a fire exit door. Once inside they forced open the locked wooden door to the workshop.
A total of six high value bikes were taken, brake and gear cabling and suspension forks along with the till, an iMac computer and £500 in cash.
DC Dom Webster, of Skelmersdale CID, said: “We are determined to find those responsible for this crime. I would urge anyone with information about the incident or anyone who may have been offered items like those stolen to get in touch via 101 quoting log number 538 of February 8.”