400 bike bottles stolen from Velobici factory and put on eBay
Vélobici has urged cyclists to be wary of purchasing its branded biodegradable bidons from unofficial sources after thieves broke into a shipping container and stole ten boxes of them.
Approximately 400 bottles were stolen with a combined retail value of around £6,000, plus assorted machinery and tools.
The thieves used an angle grinder to cut through a lock securing the container, located outside the brand’s Leicester factory, overnight between Sunday January 6 and Monday January 7.
Shortly after the raid, the bottles were listed on eBay at £5 for the 500ml version and £7.50 for the 750ml version – a fraction of the RRP of the products.
The bottles are the new biodegradable model. Some feature Vélobici’s Modernist logo with a striking mod target and the larger bottle is clear, with the VB branding surrounded by a green leaf motif. All bottles feature a drip-proof Tacx spout.
“It could obviously have been a lot worse,” said Chris Puttnam, Vélobici founder and managing director. “But it’s still infuriating to know that someone is so brazenly selling them on eBay after they were stolen.”
Police have been informed of the theft.