The laminated side window of this yellow camper van was broken by burglars who stole valuable bikes inside.

Two Penarth cyclists arrived home this weekend to find that their yellow camper van – in which their valuable mountain bikes were stored – and been broken into and both bicycles had been stolen.

Cyclist Melanie L Jones and her partner Tom discovered the break-in damage and theft when the arrived back home in Penarth on Sunday.

One of the two “Trek” mountain bikes which were stolen from a yellow camper van in Penarth on Saturday night

Melanie told friends on Facebook “someone smashed the van window and stole our bikes from inside.  I’m absolutely gutted and hate the thought of some lowlifes rummaging around our van. This happened in Penarth –  and it was a shit welcome back home.”

She’s placed photographs of the stolen bikes – both made by Trek – on  Facebook. Also stolen was  Tom’s credit card,  a box of new inner tubes and a “Rab” brand  down jacket.

The second of the two valuable bikes which were stolen from the camper van

The burglary is the latest incident in the soaring crime wave which is afflicting not only the residents of Penarth but is 19% up in just 12 months across the Vale of Glamorgan as a whole. [ see PDN ]

South Wales Police have yet to issue any public appeal about the theft.

The elected Labour Party South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner is Alun Michael – who lives in Penarth and is the former Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth .

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  1. We’re told time and time again not to leave valuables in locked vehicles so they’ve only themselves to blame.

    • Vicky M says:

      Compassionate as always Martin. How about keeping such spiteful and pointless comments to yourself in future?

      • Peter Church says:

        How is his comment pointless?
        I think he was only pointing out was is patently true, leave valuables on display then this attracts opportunists.

      • Danny Oakentrode says:

        This is called victim blaming. Unfortunately, it IS spiteful and pointless, especially when there is no accompanying condemnation of the thieving swines who actually had the gall to break into a vehicle that was not theirs, and take property that wasn’t theirs.
        It is obvious that certain people posting believe that this is a normal part of modern life.
        Personally, I don’t accept theft as normal, and I hope the perpetrators are caught and prosecuted, then punished appropriately.

    • Hamish Munnypenny says:

      Martin, if the bike owners only have themselves to blame, are you suggesting the individuals who stole the bikes are blameless?
      I agree wholeheartedly with Danny Oakentrode.

  2. sjleworthy says:

    Same happened with that lady photographer that had all her kit stollen off the front seat when she left her car momentarily in Windsor Road that time. (And wasn’t there another one in an Asda carpark most similar?) A crying shame, but what Martin says is true. Is it spiteful and pointless to state the obvious? Not for me to say.

  3. Dave says:

    There is temptation if valuables are on display, but its not a signal to help yourself. Yes you should take a bit of care but no its not your fault, some comments on here are a bit nasty!

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