Retiree leads own investigations after quad bike stolen
A PARKHURST caravan park was transformed into a crime scene investigation this week but retiree Michael Armitage did not enlist the help of police when his quad bike was stolen.
The ex-miner got to work investigating the theft of his quad bike, which he uses for mobility and transportation, after it was stolen from outside his home in the dead of night on October 25.
Three days after a witness saw the quad bike speeding down Yaamba Rd, Mr Armitage put the puzzle pieces together and found his bike stashed in nearby scrub.
"People saw it going up the road and doing wheelies in the dirt with no helmet," the 72-year-old said.
"I use it for mobility; my son bought it for me because I have bad hips and back."
Mr Armitage said he chose to lead his own investigations because he knew the bike with a top speed of 45kmh could not have gone far.
"People saw it but they didn't say anything," he said.
"I put pictures up on walls and people started to panic when they didn't divulge something.
"We heard someone start it up down the creek.
"I'm really relived to have it back."