Scooter Shop Burglary

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Sadly, at some time during the night of Sunday 21 April, our friends at Cornwall Scooter Centre were burgled with six classic scooters part of the haul that thieves got away with.

In what the police have suggested looks like an organised gang were behind, the shop in Bodmin had six scooters stolen belonging to various customers. These were:

  • Vespa T5 Millennium in pearlescent white, limited edition number 41 of 400 made
  • 1967 Vespa 150 Sprint with a brand new Malossi 225cc kit built on new Pinasco engine casings, new wiring loom and fuel tank that was a 10th Wedding Anniversary present
  • Lambretta SX150, white with a newly built RT195 with BGM Clubman exhaust
  • Spanish Lambretta Li white/purple, modified to take GP panelwork
  • Vespa P125X blue with new Polini 177 kit, black crash bars and several mirrors
  • Vespa 150 Super, white with dodgy floor and stand

At the time of writing it looks like the thieves also took cash from the shop’s safe but appear to have left tools and spare parts untouched. 

Please keep your eyes and ears open for anything that may be offered for sale, whether complete scooters or parts and if you have any information of these scooter thieves please inform Bodmin Police or Cornwall Scooter Centre (01208 72966).

The same applies if you hear of anyone receiving stolen goods or trying to move them on.  Remember, as much as we all despise such thieving scumbags, such activities are only attractive to them if they can subsequently sell their stolen goods onwards. These scooters need to become as ‘hot’ as possible and if there is one good thing to say about social media in the 21st century, it’s that we can all come together to make things like this happen.

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Bender, by Butcher Garage.

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Invader, by Butcher Garage.

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