Boy shattered by bike theft
MOORE Park Beach teenager Axel Montera planned to spend his school holidays competing in BMX competitions and honing his bike skills.
But those plans came crashing down when his $2000 bike was stolen from his front yard by thieves last week.
"I go down to the (skate) bowl every day and go to the competitions as well," he said.
"My mum was going to take me and my friends down to the Gold Coast and the indoor park on the holidays."
Axel's older brother, Aidan, is pursuing a BMX career in California and 13-year-old Axel is keen to follow in his footsteps.
The teen said his was not the first bike in the area to go missing recently, with several stolen and found dumped around town.
His mother, Sherrie Dorron, said the theft was a devastating blow to the family.
"It disappeared without a trace," Ms Dorron said.
"I went to the police and they said if we didn't find it in two days, it would probably be in pieces."
Ms Dorron said her biking enthusiast son was lost without his most prized possession.
"He's got nothing to ride now, let alone do tricks on," she said.
"It's something he does every day.
"To him, it's like getting your car stolen."
Ms Dorron said the trend of recent thefts in the area was disturbing.
"There was a motorbike stolen and $700 cash from someone's house, and even garden furniture," she said.
"There seems to be a spate of them happening."
The mum said she believed a group of teens who were seen riding their bikes past the house several times on the day of the theft may have been to blame.
"We're fearful in our own home now," Ms Dorron said.
"People are really getting frightened."
She said all the family wanted was to get Axel's bike back.
"We would just like to see it returned, no questions asked," Ms Dorron said.
"They should be ashamed of themselves."
Bundaberg police Sergeant Mick Ward said in the past two weeks, police had received six reports of break and enters and thefts at Moore Park.
"Some of these have been finalised and some are still under investigation," Sgt Ward said.
Axel's bike has a purple and black Colony Sweet Tooth frame with a ManKind sticker, chrome bars, black wheels, chrome back hub and a grey seat.
If you have any information on the theft, call Bundaberg Police on 4153 9111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.