A Dundee man has hit out at thieves who made off with his £1,500 quad bike.
David Malone was leaving for work last Thursday when he noticed that crooks had stolen the vehicle from outside his home on Greendykes Road, in the Craigie area of the city.
The 28-year-old mechanic today told the Tele that he believes the theft was carried out by professionals “who knew what they were doing”, as they managed to bypass security measures in place on the vehicle.
He said: “I came out to go to work and I noticed that the tarpaulin cover was on the ground and the quad bike was gone.
“It had two chains on it and the cover, and it was right outside my house but I didn’t see anything or hear anything.
“It cost me £1,500 — it is a road legal quad — and it is probably still worth that.
“I am totally gutted because I have had the bike since 2010 and loved it.
“You could have it out in all weathers and you wouldn’t get stuck.
“It had been off the road for a while but I was planning on putting some work in on it and getting it back on the road.
“I can’t really do that now — it is a horrible thing to do to someone.”
David said that he believed the perpetrators had targeted him, rather than it being a crime of opportunity.
He added: “I think that they have noticed it was there some time before, because I noticed that a bungee chord that held the tarpaulin in place had been cut.
“I didn’t think anything of it at the time.
“I think that they must have been professionals to have managed to cut through the chains and not make any noise.
“They must have known what they were doing.”
The quad bike that was stolen is a Barossa Apache RLX 250 and is predominantly black, although it has yellow shock absorbers.
David said that he hopes that someone in the area has seen something and can help police find the culprits.
He added: “It is a busy road, so you’d think that someone would have seen something.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland is carrying out inquiries and would appeal to anyone who knows the whereabouts of the quad bike to contact Tayside Division on 101.”