Men charged over series of electric bike thefts

Bicycle thefts

Four men have been charged in connection with a series of non-dwelling burglaries in which electric bicycles were targeted.

They relate to a series of 11 commercial burglaries and thefts that took place between July 15th 2023 and October 25th 2023.

The offences mainly occurred in the Winchester and Southampton areas, including Curdridge, but some took place in other locations.

On Tuesday 30th April, officers from across the force carried out a series of warrants at addresses in the Southampton area and made four arrests.

Four men were charged with conspiracy to commit a burglary other than a dwelling with intent to steal.

They are:

• Martin William Meadows, 32, Roundhill Close, Southampton

• Ryan Edward Meadows, 26, Lower Brownhill Road, Southampton

• Rhys Thornton, 28, Briton Street, Southampton

• Richard Adrian Vincent, 33, Judges Gully Close, Bishopstoke

They appeared before Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday May 1st and have been bailed to appear at Southampton Crown Court on Friday May 31st.

The charge relates to the following incidents:

15 July 2023 – theft of van and cash at Good Directions Ltd in Hillsons Road, Curdridge

31 July, 2023 – bicycles stolen from Hammoon Cycling in Winchcombe Business Park, Shaftesbury, Dorset

7 August, 2023 – e-scooter stolen from Espokes in Stroudley Road, Basingstoke

7 August, 2023 – bicycles stolen from Cytronex in Bridge Street, Winchester

14 August, 2023 – bicycles stolen from Propain Bicycles in Spindle Way, Crawley, West Sussex

23 August, 2023 – attempted burglary at The Cycle Company, in Shawford Road, Shawford. 

25-29 August, 2023 – bicycles stolen from Gert Bikes in Deverill Road, Warminster, Wiltshire

29 August, 2023 – bicycles stolen from Bird Cycle Works in Church Road, Eversley 

2 September, 2023 – bicycles stolen from Lios Ride in Style in Daedulus Park, Lee-on-Solent

12 September, 2023 – Vapes stolen from Sholing Videos 

25 October, 2023 – Bikes stolen from 99 bikes, Commercial Road, Totton