Biker clothes go out the door in overnight raid

By Peter de Graaf

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A Kerikeri shop specialising in leather jackets and other motorcycle gear has has been cleaned out in an overnight smash-and-grab.

AA Shop owners Roz Adams and Pete Dennis arrived at their Fairway Drive business yesterday morning to find the racks stripped of leather jackets, pants, belts and boots. The thieves had also taken biker rings featuring skulls, eagles and the Harley-Davidson logo, and made off with a rack full of second-hand leatherwear.

If that wasn't enough, the thieves also took the entire till and a computer - which meant the shop was unable to issue driver's licences or update car registrations yesterday - and rifled through every drawer and cupboard, dumping their contents on the floor.

"It's just devastating," Ms Adams said.

"We try to supply this gear at low cost, and we try to help people out ... then this happens."

The business, which combines AA services with motorcycle paraphernalia and clothing, had been entered via a smashed-in back door.

The stolen items are highly distinctive. All the leather clothing carries a "Motorcycle Cnell" label. The Kerikeri AA Shop is the only Northland outlet for the label.

Ms Adams said the Harley-Davidson rings were also rarities because any new stock could only be sold via Harley-Davidson dealers.

She urged anyone who saw biker rings or Cnell leatherwear for sale to call Kerikeri police on (09) 407 9211 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

"Someone is bound to try to sell the stuff cheap," she said.

Also taken were Zeus helmets, vinyl pants, jeans and buckles. Police forensics officers scoured the shop for clues yesterday.

The shop will reopen as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the next nearest AA Shop is in Kaikohe.

- Northern Advocate

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