3T headquarters in Italy robbed, Pegoretti-painted frame taken

By Steve Frothingham

BERGAMO, Italy (BRAIN) — Early Monday morning a group of masked robbers entered the 3T headquarters building here and stole all of the brand’s display and demo bikes, including an Exploro frame painted by the late Dario Pegoretti.

“He painted this bike as a gift to us for launching our first bike ever,” said 3T CEO Rene Wiertz in an email Monday.

He said thieves drilled a hole through a one meter thick wall to enter the warehouse, then broke the warehouse door, cut the fence surrounding the office and moved more than 20 bikes into their van. The police arrived within 10 minutes, but they already had left.

Wiertz asked members of the industry keep an eye out for the bikes, especially the custom Pegoretti paint job.