Care worker Alex Vyse has been left devastated after thieves stole his electric bike from outside the care home.
He had left it in the smoking shelter at the care home ready to ride back at the end of his shift, but realised it had disappeared shortly before he was due to go home.
The kitchen assistant is now relying on lifts from colleagues to and from work.
He said: “It was stolen from the care home premises on Thursday, April 16. I’d parked it up in the smoking shelter where I normally park it every day and it’s out of sight.
“I came out at 6.30pm and it was still there but when I went back out at 6.50pm it had gone. Within about 20 minutes from 6.30pm to 6.50pm someone took it.
“It’s terrible because I rely on my bike to get to work. Luckily I managed to get a lift home from one of the care staff otherwise I would have had to walk home and it takes an hour and a half.”
Alex has reported the theft to the police, who are investigating. He said: “I’ve been told there is CCTV in the smoking shelter, but I’m going to have to watch it to see where it points to.
“I’ve reported it to the police, I rang 111 and I’ve also put a post on Facebook and shared it into all the local groups and a lot of people have shared it.
“I’m going to have a look around after work to see if I can spot anyone with it. It’s an electric bike so the battery will only last so long and I’m the only one with a key to unlock the battery to charge it. So it’s going to run out of charge at some point.
“I didn’t think someone would take advantage and steal from a care home. They’re just scum, during the lockdown nobody should be out anyway.
“It’s quite frustrating that someone will take something from you and think nothing of it. I was shocked. It’s shocking at anytime but to do it during the coronavirus outbreak is worse.”
Alex bought the Carrera Vengeance on finance three months ago. He currently pays £64 a month for the £899 bike and says he can’t afford to pay for the bike and taxis to work.
He said: “My mum gave me some money for a taxi the next morning otherwise I would have to set off for work so early to walk.
“I bought the bike on finance and I pay £64 a month, if I have to get taxis to work as well that is going to cost around £100 a week as it is a tenner each way.
“I’ve got to ring Halfords to see if I can sort a replacement or freeze the payments until I can get my bike back because I can’t afford to pay for the bike and taxis as I don’t earn a lot of money.
“My mum works in the hospital and does similar shifts to me so I would usually get a lift from her, but I can’t during the lockdown as we live in different households.
“I’ve bought a lot of accessories for the bike, I’ve got a trailer on it for my shopping, a phone holder, light and a speedometer. They’re all expensive and the bike itself is worth £899.”
Staffordshire Police are investigating the theft and have asked anyone with information to contact them.
A police spokeswoman said: “Officers were called to a report of a stolen bike outside Rowan Court nursing home on Silverdale Road in Newcastle just before 9pm on April 16.
“An electric bike was taken at some point between 6.30pm and 6.50pm on April 16.
“The bike is a black Carerra Vengance E Bike, with black mud guards and has wheel lights.
“Inquiries are on-going and anyone who has information or may have seen the bike should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter or call 101 quoting incident number 758 of April 16.”
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