Boy devastated by bike theft
A BURNETT HEADS boy's school holidays has gotten off to a rotten start after his bike was stolen from the garage at his father's home on Wednesday night.
The theft has led to the family offering a $300 reward for the return of the missing bike, which has sentimental value to 11-year-old Jack Petrie.
Jack's mother Vanessa Borthwick said the bike had been taken when Jack was staying at his father's home on Heritage Dr, Bargara.
"They closed up for the night and didn't notice anything but the next day it was not there," she said.
The bike is charcoal grey in colour with red rims on the wheels and white skulls on the seat.
Ms Borthwick said the bike was a Subrosa BMX bike.
"It's got a lot of sentimental value because his father gave it to him," she said.
Ms Borthwick said Jack's father recently started at a job in Gladstone so the youngster saw him infrequently.
The Kalkie State School student said he missed his bike.
"I took it to the skate bowl to do tricks," he said.
Jack said he also used the bike to ride around the neighbourhood.
His mother said school holiday time was probably one of the worst for Jack to be without his bike.
"It's hard on him because his step-brother still has his bike but Jack doesn't have one at the moment," Ms Borthwick said.
She said since the bike had been taken and she and other friends had been driving around skate parks and other popular biking areas to see if they could spot someone on Jack's bike.
But so far they had no luck.
"We're hoping that in the coming weeks people might think it's safe to bring the bike out," she said.
Ms Borthwick said the police had said they would keep an eye out for the bike as well.
If you know anything or think you have seen Jack's bike, call Ms Borthwick on 0428112571.