A nurse has described how he was left ‘shaken and scared’ after thieves stole two £4,000 e-bikes from his back garden.
Edison Mallare, 49, from the Inch area of Edinburgh, said his wife and children were at home when two men wearing balaclavas allegedly broke into the bike storage unit in their back garden with bolt cutters on November 11.
A third man who was with the pair allegedly threatened the nurse’s wife Minerva with a log before the thieves fled the scene.
Footage, captured by Mr Mallare’s son Dominic, shows the brazen yobs tossing the electric bikes over the garden fence, where an accomplice is waiting for them, before simultaneously clambering over.
The men then flee the scene on the bikes as the alarm from the storage unit is heard ringing in the background.
The two men walk over to the garden fence with the two £4,000 e-bikes in the Inch area of Edinburgh, on November 11
The two men, who are wearing black jumpers and balaclavas, toss the bikes over the fence
The family’s next-door-neighbour tries to chase after the thieves but soon finds himself stuck on the fence .
Mr Mallare, who was at work at the Royal Infirmary at the time, said the thieves only got away with one bike, a red Orbea Wild FS, in the end and a neighbour was able to recover his wife’s bike – a Giant FastRoad – which had been left in an alley.
He said: ‘We are shaken and scared. They could come back for the other bike they left.
‘They only got away with my bike in the end. Another neighbour recovered my wife’s bike -which had been left in an alley.
‘I think the rear mudguard was dented during the robbery, so the wheel seized, meaning they couldn’t ride it away.
‘I can’t sleep at night and I’m angry as I was at work at the Royal Infirmary when they came.
‘My wife and daughter were traumatised as well after having to witness this attack in broad daylight.
‘My wife ran downstairs and locked the door after a third thief – wearing grey – was waiting out the front with a log, threatening to hit anyone trying to stop them.’
Following the shocking scenes, Mr Mallare took to social media to share the footage with others.
He wrote: ‘My bikes were stolen today at midday. They’ve broken into my alarmed bike storage and even threatened to attack if someone tried to stop them. Absolutely infuriating b******s.’
The brazen thieves jump over the garden fence as the alarm from the storage unit rings in the background
The family’s neighbour chases after the thieves and tries to jump over the garden fence
Mr Mallare said his wife and children were at home when two men wearing balaclavas allegedly broke into the bike storage unit (pictured) in their back garden with bolt cutters
The Orbea Wild FS is a full-suspension e-mountain bike designed to help riders on both climbs and descents.
All models of the Orbea Wild FS range use a Bosch Performance CX Cruise motor and can travel at speeds of 20mph.
The bikes, which weigh around 22.5 kg, also feature a fully carbon fibre frame .
Giant FastRoads are built on a lightweight aluminum frameset and come with powerful disc brakes that give riders added control in all types of weather.
The bikes weigh around 20kg and can travel at a top speed of 27mph.
The incident comes amid a spate of bike thefts across the country in recent weeks.
The Orbea Wild FS is a full-suspension e-mountain bike that can travel at speeds of 20mph. (Stock image)
Giant FastRoads are built on a lightweight aluminum frameset and can travel at a top speed of 27mph. (Stock image)
Earlier this month a brazen thief was filmed sawing through the lock of a £3,150 electric bike with an angle grinder outside Surrey Quays shopping centre in Rotherhithe, south east London.
A witness said he was with three accomplices – one of whom wore a balaclava and rode a scooter – as he made off with the £3,150 Trek Powerfly 4 electric bike.
In October, thieves on mopeds broke into a garage and stole six bicycles from Mattie Dodd’s family home in Wimbledon, southwest London.
It came as a cyclist in Richmond Park had his bicycle stolen after he was approached by two men on e-scooters.
In March a group of thieves were stopped by passers-by as they tried to steal bikes from metal railings in Victoria Park, east London.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: ‘Officers are investigating following a break-in and theft which happened in Edinburgh on Thursday, 11 November, 2021.
‘Three men forced entry to a shed and stole two electric bikes.
‘One was recovered nearby and the second remains outstanding
‘Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should contact officers via 101 and quote incident number 1385 of 11 November. An anonymous report can be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’