A multiple Australian motorcycle champion has told of her relief after having her stolen bike returned by Penrith police.
Current Australian women’s trials champion Kristie McKinnon had the trail bike stolen from a van parked at her home in the Penrith area in May of this year.
Also taken in the alleged robbery was a gear bag packed with her jersey, helmet and boots, as well as a mountain bike.
The gear had been packed ready for a competition and was allegedly stolen despite parking the van beside her bedroom up against a wall, she said.
Although McKinnon had given up hope of getting her gear back, police contacted her last week to let her know they had recovered some of the items.
“I guess in my mind I thought I would get it back in a month, if I was going to get it back,” she told the Gazette.
“Once a month had passed, I thought it probably wasn’t going to happen.
“I was really excited when the police rang me.”
McKinnon had the trail bike and gear returned, however the mountain bike is still missing.
“All the stuff costs money to replace, but not as much as the bike,” she said.
A Penrith police spokesman said officers received a call about 10.30am on July 28 in relation to two allegedly stolen trail bikes located at an Emu Plains address.
Officers arrived at the scene to find a car towing a trailer that contained three trail bikes, the spokesman said.
“Inquiries revealed one of the bikes was confirmed stolen from an incident that took place at Emu Plains on May 25 of this year,” he said.
“Police seized two others believed to be stolen.”
A man and a woman were arrested at the scene and taken to Penrith police station for questioning.
Police will allege they told officers that they had received the trail bikes as payment for damage caused to their motor vehicle previously.
A 23-year-old Penrith man was charged with receiving and goods in custody, and is due to appear in Penrith Local Court on August 15. An 18-year-old Penrith woman was charged with goods in custody and will appear in the same court on August 22.