A Dundee man has been left devastated after his prized Lambretta scooter was stolen from a lock-up.
Shaun Baird, of Polepark, had the “absolutely beautiful” machine taken from garages in Ancrum Drive owned by Hillcrest Housing Association.
The scooter was given to him by his now ex-wife when he proposed to her several years ago.
The 41-year-old offshore safety adviser said he arrived at the lock-up and found the metal door had been damaged.
It was only after he reported the damage to Hillcrest that he went inside and discovered his scooter was missing.
Shaun said the theft still “hasn’t sunk in”.
He added: “I wish I could say these things happen but nothing like this has happened to me before.
“I went to the lock-up around 4pm on Thursday and noticed the door was ajar.
“I didn’t want to go in at first as I was scared that the door was going to fall in, which could have damaged the items inside.
“After I had reported the damage, I decided to go inside and noticed that my Lambretta was gone.
“I also had two other scooters in the lock-up.
“However, they are different makes which I think are more difficult to unlock and move so they only took the Lambretta. I just can’t believe it has happened.
“At the moment, I am just so frustrated.
“I feel really angry but at the same time very emotional.
“The scooter is absolutely beautiful. I had totally restored it to an amazing condition.”
While Lambretta scooters can cost more than £2,000, Shaun said his held “massive” sentimental value.
He added: “I have had the scooter since 2008. My ex-wife actually gave it to me as a present the same night that I proposed to her.
“I didn’t know she had got me the scooter and she didn’t know I was going to propose.
“Even though we have split up, it still holds massive sentimental value.
“I had always imagined that I would hand it down to one of our kids in the future.”
Shaun encouraged anyone who may have information on last week’s theft to call the police.
He added: “If anyone has seen the scooter or been offered it for sale, I would urge them to contact the police.”
Police are linking the crime to two other break-ins that took place later in Dundee.
The first was to the garage of a house in Tullideph Road, between 2pm on Wednesday November 29 and 6:45pm on Thursday November 30. Nothing was taken, but damage was caused to the garage door by a crowbar or similar item. (CR/31490/17)
Then, a shed in Ancrum Drive was broken into between 10pm on Thursday November 30 and 8:30am on Friday December 1. Two bikes were taken, and while one was recovered nearby, the other, a red and black Boardman bicycle, is still outstanding. (CR/31435/17)
A police statement said: “Although we cannot be certain at this time if these crimes are linked, given their closeness to each other and the similarities between them, it is certainly possible that they are.
“If you have any information that could help us with these enquiries, please call 101 or speak to any police officer. Also, information can be given through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. The reference numbers for each crime are given above.”