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Teen's birthday bike stolen

KATASHA MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 05:00 01/07/2014
Damian West
HEARTLESS THEFT: Damian West’s granddad bought him a new bike for his birthday, but in less than 24 hours it was stolen.
Damian and bike
VANISHED: Damian with his birthday present.

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Damian West was thrilled to get a new bike for his birthday, only to have it stolen that same night.

Damian, who goes to Wairau Valley Special School, has global developmental delay and autism.

The Dyno mountain bike was a present from his granddad because 15-year-old Damian had only just learnt how to ride a bike.

Mum Toni Brooks says Damian loves cycling and she hopes the thieves will return the bike.

"They're mean, it was a birthday present. He was just devastated in the morning."

Two of the Glenfield family's four bikes disappeared from the carport of their Chivalry Rd home overnight on June 23.

Damian was given a bike when he was 10, but could not ride it.

"He's just turned 15 but a lot of him is eight or nine," Brooks says.

But with help from a support worker he learnt how to ride a bike earlier this year.

Damian says cycling is fun and he misses his bike which he had planned to ride after school the next day. "How come they picked my bike?"

The family has stored bikes in the carport since moving into the house in December 2012 and never had a problem.

But parts of the fence separating the house and neighbouring walkway were knocked over in a storm earlier this month.

Waitemata policing development manager Kerry Kay says they want to hear from anyone with information.

"The theft is particularly distressing for the victim, having just been given the bike the day before on his birthday. The thief or thieves took an opportunistic advantage of an exposed backyard due to the recent storm."

The missing bikes are described as a red Dyno mountain bike and a smaller green Crazy Horse bike with rusty handlebars.

Call North Shore police on 477 5000 or call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 if you have information about the theft.

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