About $100,000 worth of customized all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were stolen during the wee hours of Tuesday morning from an Ile-des-Chênes business by brazen thieves who took apart a locked gate and were unconcerned with video surveillance.
Derek Roth, who owns Adventure Power Products with Frank Cicco, said it took about 30 minutes for the thieves to methodically select the most expensive specialized ATVs in the compound, load everything up on one of Roth's trailers and steal that, too.
The entire theft was caught on 12 security cameras but the thieves didn't appear to care.
"You can see a guy standing inside our compound and he basically unassembles our gate so that even though the lock is there, it renders it useless," said Roth, 40, noting the building at 777 Quest Blvd. was not broken into.
Roth and Cicco have had the business since 2010.
"The video is tough to watch. When you work as hard as you do as a growing business, you're self-employed, you put in 12 to 14 hours days commonly, and you see someone in 30 minutes haul away $100,000 of your product, it's definitely difficult to do."
He said the thieves first arrived in a pickup truck pulling a closed-in snowmobile trailer but ditched that to take Roth's trailer.
"They must have seen my 32-foot open trailer, because they go to a neighbouring business and they drop the enclosed trailer they came with and leave it in their parking lot. You see the guy standing at our gate, waiting for the truck to come back," Roth said.
"The truck comes back, he closes the gate behind them and they proceed to start smashing all the ignitions and they get a bunch of our machines running."
He said there were three thieves visible in the camera footage plus a lookout vehicle.
"These guys were well-organized and they seemed very calm. You can see on the videos, they were not in a rush and they really didn't run."
Roth said the items stolen included a four-seat, yellow Teryx on snow tracks with an enclosure that was worth about $25,000.
"The thing about that one is there's no other four-seater in yellow on tracks in Manitoba," Roth said.
Also stolen was a 2014 Kawasaki Teryx 800 side-by-side two-seater in black and a 2014 Kawasaki Teryx 800 side-by-side two-seater special edition in candy lime green.
"They basically pull out of here with a stolen truck (from Saskatchewan), my trailer, three Kawasaki side-by-sides, a green, a black, a yellow four-seater on tracks, plus a camo Brute Force with Remington wheels," Roth said.
"They smashed out all of the ignitions of all the other units that were here so I don't know if they were planning on coming back to get more of them. But we were left with the aftermath."
While the RCMP investigation continues, Roth said he was putting the information on Facebook because the stolen ATVs are so unique. The truck and covered trailer were both stolen from Yorkton, Sask.
"This is not easy for anybody to take, but we've got a power sports show coming up next week and two of these units were built and set up to be displayed in the show at the (Assiniboia) Downs, and they're gone."
He said a dealer in Portage la Prairie was hit about three weeks ago with a similar method of operation, so there is a chance the two thefts are connected.
"The thing with these units is hopefully someone spots one, whether it's headed south, headed up north, going east or west."