TESTIMONY: “the prices sold off on the internet, it comes from stolen bikes”, the bloodshed of a robbed store manager

In Craponne, in the suburbs of Lyon, the owner of a bicycle shop was the victim of a large-scale burglary: 70% of his cycles were boarded and the thieves made four round trips by truck to empty the shop.

The burglary of the Cycles Blain bicycle shop, in Craponne, in the Rhône, was particularly violent: the thieves robbed 70% of the stock of two-wheelers and they returned four times with their truck in the same night, that of the December 4 to 5, 2022. Their objective: to embark as much equipment as possible.

An intrusion that Quentin Lanier, manager of Cycles Blain with his brother Thibaut, obviously experienced very badly. Two days after the robbery, he posted a video on the Facebook page of the Cycles Blain chain (which has nine stores in Lyon and surrounding towns) to denounce this burglary and above all put his finger on the phenomenon of large-scale resale. of bicycle spare parts on the internet.

He also agreed to answer our questions on the subject.

Today, there is a real resurgence of this kind of high-volume burglary

Quentin Lanier

“In the cycling world, store robberies have always existed. But today, there is a real resurgence of this kind of high-volume burglary. There are many stores that have been robbed in the region”says Quentin Lanier, who opened the Craponne store just 8 months ago.

The prices sold off on the internet, where you can find bikes at -50%, do not kid yourself: it comes from stolen bikes

Quentin Lanier

According to the boss of the Cycles Blain network, burglars are attracted by the easy resale of bicycles and spare parts on the web where consumers care about the price before the origin of the products, especially in the two-wheeler sector where the shortage of parts and frames has been important since the confinements caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.

“They resell the spare parts and the stolen bikes are sent abroad so as not to be identified. The prices sold off on the internet, where you can find bikes at -50%, do not kid yourself: stolen bikes”warns Quentin Lanier.

He believes that without his network of nine shops, on which he can rely to replenish the stocks and cash flow of his store in Craponne, he would have been forced to shut down. “This burglary clearly puts us in danger. We will use the other stores so as not to put the Craponne store in difficulty”.

The reaction of the customers gives him a little balm in the heart. “Customers are very supportive. We have a lot of messages of affection”. On the Facebook page of Cycles Blain (named after a former cycling champion who created the brand), the faithful of the Craponne shop are showing their support. Sad news… Courage to all, a top team, a top rebound”, encourages a certain Stéphane. As for Christelle, she shares her bad experience: “We live in a crazy world. This summer on vacation our bikes were also stolen and they have probably already been resold on the net”.

Quentin Lanier would like this burglary to encourage cyclists to no longer buy untracked spare parts on the internet and gives simple advice: “always ask for an invoice, whether you buy a part from a private individual or from a store”.

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TESTIMONY: “the prices sold off on the internet, it comes from stolen bikes”, the bloodshed of a robbed store manager


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