A MOTORCYCLE enthusiast has been off the road after burglars broke into his home and stole the prize-winning bike, which he spent months building himself.
It is the third time the house in Chatsworth Street South in Barnes has been targeted, and Billy Fisher and his partner Sue Wright are at a loss as to how they can protect their possessions.
The couple built a six-foot fence around their corner plot after anattempted break-in to their home in February was foiled when their dogs woke up as burglars kicked in the back door.
Billy, 54, an engineer, and his machinist partner Sue, 49, installed new locks, several bolts and an alarm. But they did not expect someone to remove a window pane to get inside, when they broke in between midnight and 6.45am yesterday.
The thieves made off with items including a track bike, generator, chainsaw and a pressure washer. But worst of all was Billy’s £6,000 Royal Enfield Bullet custom made show bike, which took him six months to build and which has won two best-in-shows as well as other prizes was also taken.
Billy told the Echo: “I went to let the dogs out this morning and noticed the back door was open. I thought we must have left it open or something. I had a look around and saw the bike was missing. That’s when I noticed the window was out. I just couldn’t believe it really.
“We are checking eBay and gumtree for parts. They couldn’t sell it as a bike as it would stand out too much, because there is nothing else like it. I don’t think anyone could have known the bike was in there as it only ever comes out of the garage when I take it to shows.”
Sue said: “It was a shock. I’m gutted. It’s just a strange feeling. We didn’t wake up and the dogs were absolutely silent. You take so many measures to protect your property, with door locks and bolts and alarms. But they have gone in through the window and ripped off the alarm and opened the door from the inside.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information or who have seen any of the stolen property, to call 101 and quote incident 231 of 17/09/14.