A motorcycle thief abandoned a bike he had stolen in a vacant block near a Jimboomba shop yesterday morning.
The man was forced to dump the KTM dirt bike, which he had just wheeled out of Jimboomba Star Yamaha on Cerina Circuit, after he could not start it.
He returned to his own bike, which he had dumped outside the shop, and rode it away in the incident which happened about 3.30am.
He had used a kitchen knife to gain access through a side door, and spent about four minutes in the shop, before taking the bike, worth about $6000.
Business owner Matt Edwards said the shop had been targeted before.
"I've been in this business 24 years, and unfortunately it's not the first time, and it won't be the last," Mr Edwards said.
"We have made the place a bit of a fortress, but tried to keep the showroom looking nice.
"People still find weak points.
"We have had two break-ins in the new building. It does stand out."
Police are looking for a man who rides a distinctive red and white bike. He was wearing a puffy blue coat and dark trousers at the time.
"If people in the area see a bike of a similar description, they are urged to phone Policelink or Crime Stoppers," Sergeant Lawrie Catterson said.
Mr Edwards said he saw a man riding a similar bike outside the shop the next afternoon.
"It was about 2pm." he said.
"He was just staring into the shop while he rode past."
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