Ram-raiders have caused thousands of pounds damage after a midnight strike at a well-known garage business in Brixworth.
The gang broke in through a window of Ideal Motors in Northampton Road early today before forcing the roller shutters of the premises partially open using a Volkswagen Lupo car that was due to be exhibited at a show in a few days time.
The Lupo smashed through the shutters damaging a Land Rover Discovery on the other side before the gang then slid two quad bikes and a pit bike under the barrier and escaping.
The quads were an orange and a blue Yamaha 250 Raptor and the pit bike was a black and gold M2R.
The value of the stolen bikes is thought to be at least £6,000, but the damage to the two vehicles and the shutters is likely to send the overall bill into five figures.
Christine Leggett, a partner in the business which has been going since 1972 and specialises in crash repairs, said: “We think there were three people involved and a Ford Transit van may also have been used. The alarm went off, but they had just got away by the time police arrived. We’d obviously like anyone who saw anything suspicious to call the police and help us to recover the stolen bikes.”
Anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.