Youngster pleads for return of stolen mini-bike
By HELEN JACK firstname.lastname@example.org
SHAAN LANSDOWN is pleading for thieves who stole her new dirt bike to return it safe and sound. The eight-year-old Green Pigeon girl's Honda QR 50 was stolen on Sunday night from her family's property north of Kyogle. The theft has devastated Shaan, who did odd jobs for a year to save enough money to buy the bike. "My mum had a bike and we had the idea to buy me a bike so we could have fun together," she said. "There are a lot of trails around our house and we would follow each other. It was just something we could do together." Shaan said she washed cars, helped her Nana and babysat her sister to raise $300 of the bike's $800 price, with her mum making up the rest. She was so depressed when told her red and yellow dirt bike, which she had only had for three weeks, was stolen she could not go to school. On Monday morning the family woke to discover that not only had Shaan's beloved bike gone but her mother's KTM 85cc bike had been stolen as well. The bikes were tethered beside three other bikes on a truck, but only the smaller bikes were taken. Shaan's grandmother Shirley Muldoon is furious. "I know all the work this child had put into getting this bike and these thieves have no respect for other people's stuff," Ms Muldoon said. "The community around Wiangaree is banding together asking questions to try and find out who did it." Ms Muldoon said she believed thieves were crossing the border and targeting the area after occupants of a mysterious vehicle with Queensland number plates were seen asking about motocycle parts in the town. "We are even trying to get a reward together for information on the whereabouts of the bike," she said. "The thieves only have to drop off the bike and no questions will be asked." Justin Carter of North Coast KTM motorbikes said dirt bikes were a target for thieves because they are rarely registered by owners, making them untraceable if stolen.