A Dundee mum has made a plea to the public to catch the “scum” who stole her young son’s bike — leaving him in tears.
Seven-year-old Maison Cullen had left the BMX in the common close at his aunt’s house in Balcarres Terrace where he was staying overnight on Friday.
He woke to the news on Saturday that the Mini Rocker — worth around £200 — was gone, and burst into tears.
Mum Karen, 29, who is a carer, said: “The bike was his absolute pride and joy.
“He had gone on about wanting one for months and then when his birthday came round he was delighted with it.
“The block my sister Lawrie stays in has a secure entry.
“That makes me think it’s someone who has seen it and taken their opportunity.
“Maison’s brother, Saul, is four and he wants one for his Christmas. I’ve got a 21-month-old daughter as well, so as a single mum of three, £200 is a lot of money.
“How do you tell a seven-year-old that Santa is getting his brother a bike for Christmas but not him?” Karen said she is willing to pay a £50 reward to anyone with information that leads to the bike being recovered.
She added: “It’s probably the only thing he’s ever had that he’s really looked after.
“It’s not only that, I work hard to pay to buy my kids things, yet someone thinks it’s OK just to go and take it.
“I just hope someone knows where it is and the police catch the scum who took it.
“Police said that until they get information about who did it, there’s not much they can do.
“It might be a small crime to them but to Maison it means everything.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland is appealing for information after a child’s bike was stolen from a common close at an address in Balcarres Terrace, Dundee, sometime between 9pm and 11pm on Friday November 25.
“Anyone with information that could assist inquiries is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.
“Alternatively, information can be passed to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”