Feb 19 2013 by Tom Duffy, Formby Times
Formby man offers cash reward after motorbikes stolen from his garden shed
A FORMBY dad has offered a £500 reward after thieves stole the motorbike he bought his teenage son for Christmas.
Two motorbikes and a training bicycle were stolen from Tony Pimblett’s garden shed while he was in France snowboarding with his son Jack, 14.
A fence panel was left raised and the Formby man suspects the gang entered his property through a neighbour’s garden.
The thieves stole a 250 Montessa, 125 Gas Raga 2 and Onza training bike from Tony’s shed between January 17 and February 2.
Tony told the Times that Jack, who goes to Formby High, is no longer relaxed in and around their home because of the burglary.
The father and son have a shared passion trialling, although the burglary probably means they can no longer continue with the hobby.
The theft was not covered by Tony’s insurance policy, and he cannot afford to go out and spend £5000 on three new bikes.
The hard working dad suspended Jack’s new 125 bike from a tree in the back garden as a surprise Christmas present.
Tony, speaking from his home in Old Mill Lane, said: “Jack spotted it and said ‘Dad there is bike hung in one of our trees.’ I think he thought it was the training bike that we already owned, not a new one for him.”
“Jack is gutted, and a little nervous around the house now. I feel really sorry for him.”
Tony, who works in heavy industry, fears the bikes were stolen to order. But he suspects the burglars may have stolen the wrong type of bikes because trial bikes are built for manoeuvrability rather than speed.
He added: “I will pay a £500 reward for information leading to the return of the bikes.”
Inspector Gary Fairbrother said: “These bikes are distinctive and have a combined value of over £5,000.
“They may be being used in the same areas visited by off road motorcyclists and I would ask people to keep their eyes open for them so that we can return them to their rightful owner. We are keen to talk to anyone who may have seen these bikes out and about, been offered them for sale or has any information at all.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact 0151 777 3441 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Contact Tony with information on 07957 422 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org