Thieves strike twice against battlers
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.