$3800 bike taken

Last updated 14:12 18/02/2014

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A Blenheim couple visiting their grand-daughter in Wellington for the weekend arrived home to find they had been burgled.

Thieves made off with an electric bike worth almost $3800 after they broke into a shed in Redwoodtown.

Greg Leov and his wife had been living in the rented house for two months after moving back to Blenheim after five years in Dunedin.

The Pedego Trail Tracker off-road bike was one of only five imported into New Zealand, Mr Leov said.

The bike's tyres were 10-centimetres wide, allowing it to go up to 50kmh on beaches and gravel roads.

The couple noticed the shed had been broken into yesterday morning after spending the weekend in the capital.

A lock on the shed door was still intact, but a piece of glass had been pulled off a window. Mr Leov's hacksaw had been used to cut the lock that secured the bike to the work bench.

A broken computer screen was also stolen, along with a camouflage backpack, a gas cooker and a box of rubber gloves. Two other more expensive bikes were not taken.

Mr Leov said it was scary to know someone had been on their property going through their belongings.

"It is a real fright when it happens to you," he said. "You start to think why, how, what could I have done?"

Police were investigating the burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Blenheim police on 03 578 5279.

Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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- The Marlborough Express

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