A 12-year-old boy has been left devastated after thieves stole his new mountain bike within hours of getting it as his birthday present.
Charlie Wood was delighted with the £300 limited edition black Carrera bike given to him by his parents.
But he only got to enjoy one brief ride on it before it was stolen from the Linden Grove area of Grange Road, Hartlepool.
Charlie awoke the next day to discover it had been taken from the garage where it had been chained up.
Dad Stephen Wood, 45, a civil engineer, said: “He has been after one since Christmas because all his friends have got one and we said ‘wait until your birthday’.
“Charlie got it at 5pm on Tuesday and rode it up and down the road for about 10 minutes.
“The cost doesn’t really matter. It’s the fact that it was stolen within 12 hours after getting it, that’s what hurts more really.
“He is not taking it very well. He is heartbroken.”
Charlie’s bike was chained up in a car port which is in the process of being turned into a garage.
The thieves also stole food and drink from a fridge freezer.
Stephen added: “I noticed a bottle of ginger ale in the garden and thought ‘that’s strange’.
“I went into the garage and realised his bike had been taken but mine hadn’t.
“It looks like they have got over our wall and wheeled the bike out the side entrance on to Grange Road.”
Stephen said the theft has put Charlie, who attends High Tunstall College of Science, off wanting a new bike.
“He was like ‘what’s the point’,” said Stephen. “He feels it will only get stolen.
“Three weeks prior to this his phone went missing, we assume stolen.”
Police are investigating the bike theft took samples of footprints that had been left behind.
The bike has 21 gears and an 18-inch frame.
Witnesses or anyone with information about its theft is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident number 125581.