A large number of bikes, such as this high-end Scott Scale, were stolen from company HQ in Switzerland.
Last weekend, thieves broke into a warehouse at Scott Sports headquarters in Givisiez, Switzerland and made off with about 200 bikes worth a combined $1 million US. Scott is the latest victim in a series of burglaries that have affected bike manufacturers and retailers across the globe during the past few months.
According to a news release from Scott, the perpetrators used highly sophisticated measures, gaining access to the warehouse despite an active burglar alarm and without attracting attention. Once inside, they loaded up a large number of Model Year 2014 road and mountain bikes as well as several Model Year 2015 samples that have not yet been introduced to the market. Average retail price of the bikes was about $5,000. The thieves also stole a truck from an adjacent company to transport the bikes.
“It is a sad truth that the bicycling industry, be it retailers, manufacturers or professional teams, have been victim of recurrent, severe burglaries causing extensive financial damage during the past few years,” said Pascal Ducrot, vice president of Scott Sports.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the local law enforcement agency in Givisiez.