'Low act' breaks family's heart
SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Riley Wallis was devastated last Friday when he found his Kawasaki KFX50 green motorbike was stolen from his family property.
Riley's parents, Steven and Brenda Wallis, were shocked to find the bike missing.
“I just can't believe they could do it to a little kid,” Mrs Wallis said.
“Nothing else was taken, just Riley's bike.
“They could have taken anything else, but Riley is just a child and they took his motorbike.”
While the family did not see the bike between Wednesday and Friday, it is believed it was taken on the Friday.
“We noticed on Saturday when we went to get fuel for it,” Mrs Wallis said.
“We just feel like someone has come in and taken something off a little kid.”
Riley used the bike several times a week, rounding cattle with dad, riding with his friends and just when he wanted something to do.
The bike was purchased for Riley's fourth birthday at a cost of between $2500 and $3000.
“We won't be able to replace it in a hurry,” Mrs Wallis said.
“It's such a low act and it breaks your heart really.”
She said it was disappointing to know someone had trespassed on the family property.
The family hopes the offender will return the bike or drop it off at the police station.
“We don't care if they return it to us in the middle of the night or anonymously; we just want it back,” Mrs Wallis said.
Riley only had one word to describe how he felt about his stolen property.
“Sad,” he said.
It was the second blow for the Wallis family after the family dog, Sammy, died last week.
Bundaberg Police district crime prevention officer Janet Lindsay said the easiest way to prevent crime was to ensure belongings were locked away and out of sight.
“Keep property in a safe place and keep it secure,” she said.
She also urged people to take keys out of the ignition.
“Some bikes, little bikes, you can start without the key, but if it has a key you should take it out of the ignition.”
Have you seen Riley's bike?
A green Kawasaki KFX50.
Could have Bulldogs and Caltex stickers on it.
Contact Crime Stoppers or call 1300 333 000.