A FAMILY has been left “gutted” in the run up to Christmas after four scrambler motorbikes were stolen from a shed.
Keen scrambler Stephen Gibson, 32, says the off-road bikes were worth thousands of pounds but with Christmas just around the corner, he says he can’t afford to replace them.
The dad-of-five says the Honda CRS 450, two KTM 50 autos and the CR85 were stolen from the shed in his back garden in Kinross Grove, in Hartlepool, sometime on Saturday or Sunday night last weekend.
He wasn’t aware anything had been taken from the shed until he was alerted by neighbours of panels missing from a fence in the next door neighbour’s back garden.
He believes thieves took the panels out before stealing the motorbikes and getting away on Owton Manor Lane.
“I’m gutted,” said unemployed Stephen, who lives with wife, Sarah, 29.
“There’s no good time for something like this to happen, but this is the worst possible time.
“We need to get them back because we can’t afford to replace them, it’s a nightmare.”
Stephen said he has been a keen scrambler since he was three years old and recently finished second at the North East championships.
He was also hoping for his children to start competing next year, but says unless he gets the bikes back that will now not be possible. “My bike was worth £2,000 and the other ones weren’t cheap,” he added.
“I couldn’t believe when I saw what had happened, I just want to get them back.”
Anyone with information regarding the thefts is asked to contact Detective Constable Michael Matthews of Hartlepool CID on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.