A YAMAHA PW50 motorbike was stolen from disability pensioner and father of three Tony Montgomery's backyard yesterday and his optimism that his luck would change in 2016 went out the door with it.
Tony, who lost both of his legs in two separate car accidents, said it was a low act when he has struggled to find work and couldn't provide his kids with much.
He said the bike must have been lifted over his back fence between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
In a letter to the editor yesterday, he wrote he just wanted to "track down any info regarding the lowlives that pinched a struggling disabled pensioner's sons Yamaha Pee wee 50 today".
"I truly hope that someone has seen something suspicious going on in my area today...," he wrote.
"You can just imagine the shock on their little faces to find out it had been stolen!!!!
"I'm just a local, trying to make a go of it in a tough world, and if it is good enough for most of us to have respect for others property, maybe the guilty party might just be inclined to return with no questions asked......"
Tony's backyard has a tall wooden fence and a gate that leads to his neighbours' yard which is also fenced, meaning the bike had to be lifted over the fence.
The bike was usually covered with a towel but wind had blown the towel off the bike making it visible from the lane behind his house.
He believed whoever took the bike, saw it through the fence, entered his yard and then lifted the bike over the fence in broad daylight.
"I took the kids to lunch and when we got back I sent the young fella out to start it up," he said.
"He came back and said it was gone. It irks me because it's a kids bike, they're stealing from kids."
Tony lost his left leg in a car accident in 1983 and then his right leg in 2005 in a truck accident.
"It's been a tough couple of years," he said.
"I was starting to think 2016 might be different but now this has happened."
He sees his kids every other weekend and said the motorbike was the "only fun thing we can go and do".
"I've bought my eight-year-old another bike because this one was too small. I was trying to sell it for around $1000 to pay for the new bike," he said.
"There's so little work happening that this just makes it harder for me."
Tony called the police as soon as he realised the bike was stolen.
"Hopefully whoever has it can just return it and it's still in a good condition I would be happy just to let things be," he said.
"Nobody is hurt and it's not the end of the world but I like to treat people how I want to be treated and this is just a low act."
Anyone with any information on the bike should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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