A Hartlepool man has been left devastated after his £11,000 motorbike was stolen while he was working in a hospital operating theatre.
Graeme Pearce was left devastated when his white Triumph Explorer 1200cc bike was stolen last week from the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, where he works.
It was taken while Graeme, 48, was working in an operating theatre.
Graeme said he bought the bike for £11,000 in June and fears he will only get a fraction of the money back from his insurance.
“This whole thing has broken me,” said Graeme.
“I’ve been riding bikes since I was 17 and this is probably the end of my biking days.
“I work hard for a living in the operating theatre and park my bike up only for it to be taken from the A&E.
“I only bought it in June for £11,000 and up to now I’ve made two payments on it.
“The insurance company say I’ll only get second-hand value, so I’m looking at a hit of £2,000 to £3,000.”
Graeme added that since posting about the theft on social media, he has been inundated with messages of support from members of the public as he bids to track down the bike.
“I’ve had messages saying that they know who these people are and of course I’ve passed those names on to the police,” he said.
“Some have got in touch to say that they are trying to sell the bike around Stockton for £800, which is really disappointing.”
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said to date there had been no arrests as part of the investigation, adding: “There was a report of a theft of a motor cycle at 3.45pm on Friday, September 1.”
Anyone who may have information regarding the incident can call 101.