ROSSANO VENETO, Italy (BRAIN) — Thieves stole 6,000 saddles — worth about 1 million euros ($1.4 million) — from the Selle San Marco warehouse here on Friday night, the company said.
The saddles were stored in more than 300 boxes that were ready to be shipped.
The company said the thieves apparently forced open the gate of the shipment storehouse at the rear of the building.
The company said that besides the theft, some products that were not taken were vandalized.
“(It was a) terrible blow for our company, worldwide famous for the production of handmade saddles for bicycles. The unfortunate incident happened, in fact, at an important moment of the process of delivery of the new 2014 models, which are proving to be very successful in the market,” the company said in a statement Monday.
The company said the stolen saddles will be difficult to sell because they have a warranty hologram and ID numbers that will make them traceable. It asked that anyone who sees suspicious saddles on the market contact the company at email@example.com.
It also apologized for the inevitable delays in delivering saddles to its customers.
“Unfortunately, it is in fact necessary a reorganization and a repurchase of components to process the orders and to realize them again and this will cause inevitable delays,” the company said.