Young boys’ racing dream shattered by bike thieves
HE may be only 10, but Jack Simmons has already bought his first car.
The Rockhampton boy saved up for the vehicle himself by collecting aluminium cans to recycle, and he and his brother planned to earn more money to buy equipment for it by selling their dirt bikes.
That was until someone crept into their front yard at 3am on Saturday and stole the bikes using a pair of bolt cutters. They even took the plastic "for sale" signs with them.
Jack purchased the car with dreams of doing it up to race in the junior speedway with his brother Mitch, 12, behind the wheel.
Selling the bikes would have earned them $2000 to go towards that dream, buying essential things, such as the roll cage.
Their mother Jane said as a single-income family, the boys knew she couldn't afford to just give them the money, which is why they worked so hard to earn it themselves.
Jane said she was shocked when she learnt about the theft of the bikes, which were securely chained up in the yard with locks on the wheels and for sale signs attached to the front.
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She believes the bikes were targeted.
"Right beside them was a $5500 road bike that a friend put there for sale… there's more equipment under the house," she said.
"They just came for kids' dirt bikes. They were on a mission.
"Dirt bikes are popular with young kids, a road bike would have been more traceable… (dirt bikes) are easier to strip down and sell."
Jane said Jack, who also has Asperger's, had a real "mechanical mind" that likely came from his father Kevin, who is a bike mechanic.
They've already stripped down the car, which was bought for about $200 in good condition from a couple who gave Jack a discount after meeting him.
The family has filed a police report for the stolen bikes and is hopeful they'll see them again, but know the chances of getting them back undamaged are small.
Jane is asking for anyone with information to come forward so they can find those responsible for the theft from their Allenstown house.
Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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