Thieves who snatched £9,000 worth of mountain bikes and mini-motos from a Tayside family are thought to have made off in a stolen car.
Officers are hunting the raiders who broke into a garden shed and garage at a house in Longforgan’s Main Street.
And police believe a Mazda 626 (reg X485 NSS) stolen from a Charleston garage on Wednesday night was used to carry out the crime.
David Smith, 49, who has lived in Longforgan for over 20 years, said his family were “devastated”.
He said: “My wife passed away nine years ago, we lost her to cancer. We had bought the bikes with some money from her pension and money raised from the ward she was on.
“My eldest son Leo races in the Scottish Downhill Association, he’s not got anything to use now. We had another bike for training but that was taken. My other son had aspirations of racing too, but now there are no bikes.
“They are both devastated, and we can’t afford to replace them.”
A spokesman for Tayside Division said they were looking for three men seen acting suspiciously in the area.
He said: “Officers believe that a suspicious vehicle seen driving away from the area in the early hours of Thursday morning may have been a car that was stolen from the Charleston area of Dundee that same night.
“Some time between 10.30pm on Wednesday October 16 and 7.30am on Thursday October 17, thieves broke into a garden shed and garage at the Longforgan address. They stole a yellow Scott Gambler downhill mountain bike worth £4000; a grey KTM downhill mountain bike worth £2200; and a brown Absolute-make downhill mountain bike worth £800. All of the bikes have been heavily customised.
“Also taken were two red Macbor mini-motos, worth a combined £1,400.”
The three men seen nearby are believed to be in their early 20s and are described as being about 5 feet 8 inches tall, all of slim build and short brown hair.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.