CROYDON RIOTS: Bikes brought back
HUNDREDS of bicycles were stolen from a shop in South Croydon - but some Good Samaritans have ensured at least a few were returned to their rightful owner.
Director Mark Baker estimates that £120,000 worth of bicycles have been taken from Cycle King, along the Brighton Road.
He arrived at the store on Tuesday having heard there had been trouble the following night.
Mr Baker said: "There were three windows broken and every single adult bike, every single BMX, everything that could have been ridden away had gone."
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An angry Mr Baker claims this destruction may have been avoided if he had been allowed to keep shutters worth £25,000 up.
But he claims he was forced to take these down about nine years ago by Croydon Council, as they didn't fit in with the street scene.
And although he had shutters, he believes the old ones potentially could have made a difference.
Like many businesses, the bill is massive, but there have been some kind-hearted acts since the looting.
Mr Baker explained: "Thirteen bikes were returned to us by people who had found them.
"And we had at least half a dozen people who came and asked if we needed help cleaning up."
Cycle King was not the only shop to be targeted in South Croydon.
Richer Sounds had been smashed into, with its stocks plundered by the raiders.
A video has been posted on YouTube which shows items being taken away, with the familiar sound of an alarm ringing loudly in the background.
The person who posted the clip wrote: "By the time I filmed this the shop front had been 'open' for a good half hour and it continued on like this for some time afterwards before any police came at all."