A 13-YEAR-OLD boy had his bike stolen just weeks after scraping his pocket money together to buy it.
John Smith, of Linlathen, had saved up £150 to buy a “X-Rated Mesh Dirt Jump Bike” but was left devastated after a cruel thief pinched it from his gran’s home on Pitkerro Road.
The specialised dirt bike had been locked up securely — but the culprit still managed to make off without a trace.
Today, John’s mum, Margaret Stewart, 47, also of Linlathen, said she hoped anyone with information as to the bike’s wherabouts would contact the police.
The bike is predominantly black, with flashes of neon green.
Margaret said: “The bike was in his gran’s back garden and it was securely locked with a padlock.
“We’ve no idea how it was taken, but his gran went out on Sunday night to put stuff in the rubbish bin and she noticed his bike was gone as well as the padlock holding it in place.
“John had stayed over on Friday night and he got a lift back home on Saturday night, but he left the bike there. It must have been taken between Saturday night and Sunday night.
“It was still there at 8.30pm on Saturday, so it must have been after that.”
Margaret said John was upset when he found out his bike had been pinched.
She added: “My son’s 13 and he’s pretty upset about it.
“He had saved up for the bike just with own pocket money — it cost £149.99.
“He’d only had it for about a month when it was taken.
“He’s had a bike before, but he really liked this one.
“We’ve called the police. It’s a BMX-style mountain bike.
“It’s mainly black with green neon bits on it.
“I’d just ask anyone who has information to come forward.
“If we got the bike back it would be fantastic.”