18 bikes stolen from Huntly College
'How could you do this to your community?'TERESA HATTAN
Theft from a Huntly school early this week has caused despair and frustration, with the principal asking ''how could you do this to your community?''.
In the early hours of Monday morning, 18 mountain bikes were stolen from a locked shed on Huntly College grounds.
Principal Tim Foy said he was absolutely gutted the bikes had been stolen.He said it was hugely devastating to think thieves had taken something from the students who are only trying their best to get ahead in life.
''It brings tears to my eyes to think the community could do this to the school.''
Ideally, he said he would like to think it wasn't locals who were responsible for the thefts.
''But I'm a realist...only locals know where they're kept.''
The bikes were used mainly by the physical education department.
Huntly police have already been able to track down eight of the stolen bikes thanks to information received from the public.
Sergeant John McCarthy said local police were grateful for this assistance from the community.
''Without their help we wouldn't have been able to retrieve the bikes or information we now have.''
He said it was disappointing to see the damage done to the bikes in the space of 24 hours.
Of the eight retrieved, several had already been painted and damaged so the thieves could cover their tracks, McCarthy said.
The Huntly police Facebook page is relatively new but already has close to 900 likes.
McCarthy said when they put up a post about the stolen bikes it went viral, with the post receiving close to 20,000 hits.
He said there were a lot of local people commenting, saying they were disappointed in their community.
McCarthy said the comments were also in support of what the police were doing and were very positive.
''Facebook is becoming a great and powerful resource for us,'' he said.
Anyone with information about the bikes is encouraged to phone Huntly police on 07 828 7560, private message the police through their Facebook page or phone anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Waikato Times