Cycle shops in the south east are being advised to take extra care after several thefts involving a man who is posing as a police officer to steal expensive bikes.

Addiktion Cycles in St Albans and Caterham’s Ross Cycles are among the dealers who have been hit, with the former losing a 58cm Trek 4.7 Madone on Saturday morning. Ross Cycles was targeted that afternoon, and two more shops were affected yesterday.

The man claims to be an off-duty police officer who is interested in taking up cycling again. He spends time in the shops asking questions, before presenting a fake warrant card as proof of his ID.

Cycle Works shops in Surrey were also targetted, and they posted up a photo of the man via their Twitter account.

If you have any more information on the Addiktion Cycles theft, email Christopher Kouwenberg at

Debbie Corbett is the investigating officer for the Ross Cycles theft; her email is