'To steal from a child is pretty low'
MIDNIGHT thieves have given the Whittaker family a sour start to Christmas after two motorbikes were stolen from their home.
Trudy Whittaker said the Friday night theft from their Cootharaba Rd home was only discovered the following morning.
"We woke up Saturday and Travis has gone to get on his bike to go to work and it's gone," she said.
Mrs Whittaker said the two bikes - an orange KTM 2000 520 EXC, and a yellow Suzuki DS 80 - were Travis and Tyran's pride and joy.
"We've only just got it registered, and Travis has wanted that for his whole life," she said, adding Tyran had only ridden the Suzuki twice before it was taken.
It was particularly distressing as Tyran had been looking forward to riding it.
"Tyran wanted to go riding these school holidays, and now he can't."
Coming so close to Christmas and having never had anything stolen before, Mrs Whittaker said the theft had seriously upset the family and left them feeling "violated".
"We're on edge, my husband doesn't sleep very well at night."
She said the thieves had known exactly what they were after, leaving behind the power tools, boxing gloves and a variety of other items, and taking only the bikes.
Mrs Whittaker said she was particularly galled by the callousness shown by the thieves.
"You just don't steal from kids ... it's one thing to steal from an adult but to steal from a child is pretty low."
Police are investigating the theft, and Mrs Whittaker said she hoped the bikes would be returned to her family soon.