Thieves strike twice against bat­tlers

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

UP­SET: Con­nor and Brodie Page had their bikes stolen from their Gar­butt home AN autis­tic boy is in tears and his mother is out­raged af­ter thieves stole the boy’s bike and then re­turned a day later to steal his brother’s.

An­drea Page s ai d her s on Con­nor, 9, had been dev­as­tated by his loss.

Po­lice were con­tacted at 7pm on Tues­day when Con­nor’s bike was no­ticed miss­ing, be­fore Ms Page woke the next day to see sev­enyear-old Brodie’s bike was also gone.

The sin­gle mother took six months to raise enough money to buy the bikes for her two boys, spend­ing al­most $ 400 on the gifts.

Al­though Con­nor is only nine he is al­ready 150cm tall, and weighs 70kg and re­quires a more ex­pen­sive adult-sized bike. ‘‘ The bikes were parked un­der the car­port, a long way from the road,’’ the nurse said.

‘‘ My sis­ter is re­ally scared for the safety of the kids be­cause if they can do this what else can they do.’’

Ms Page said she had lived in her Gar­butt house for three years and had never felt threat­ened or had any­thing stolen be­fore this rob­bery.

She said the in­ci­dent had had a ma­jor ef­fect on her two young chil­dren.

‘‘ My seven-year-old won’t sleep alone be­cause he is scared and my nine-year-old re­lies on me for ev­ery­thing,’’ she said.

‘‘ I was up un­til 1.30am and the ( sec­ond) bike was still there when I went to sleep.

‘‘ They did this in the space of five and a half hours so were they there watch­ing me?’’

Ms Page said her chil­dren would take a long time to re­cover from the loss.

‘‘ They spend ev­ery spare minute on their bikes,’’ Ms Page said.

‘‘ When Con­nor gets an­gry he gets on his bike and rides around the block. He is re­ally an­gry and doesn’t un­der­stand.

‘‘ You should never steal but es­pe­cially not from kids.’’

Po­lice con­firmed they had re­ceived a call from the Gar­butt woman a nd s a i d t hey were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

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