SOLIHULL Police are hunting a ‘hairy biker’ after a man – described as having notably hairy arms and legs – stole a competition mountain bike from a 14-year-old boy in Shirley.
The teenager was cleaning his father’s Trek EX-8 cycle outside the family’s Loxley Avenue home at around 6.30pm on Thursday 24 June when the robber shoved him to the ground and rode off.
The Trek EX-8 bike – which is black, silver and gold in colour – is valued at £1,800.
Detective Constable Maxine Cave, said: “Both father and son are keen mountain bikers and compete in off-road races across the UK. It’s a distinctive bike, with an advanced suspension system, and we’d ask anyone who may have been offered it for sale to contact us.”
The offender is described as a white male, 25-30 years-old, around six feet tall and of stocky build. He was wearing olive green cargo-style shorts and a black knitted balaclava at the time of the attack.
DC Cave added: “The boy was on his knees cleaning the bike when the offender approached; one of the first things he noticed was that he had very dark hairy legs and arms.
“He was forcibly pushed to the floor and was left badly shaken-up by the incident. I’m hoping someone will recognise the robber and contact us; equally we’d like to hear from anyone who may know someone who’s acquired an expensive new bike and is suspicious about how they came across it.”
The bike, which also had a black saddle bag containing tools, was ridden off down Sansome Road.
Anyone with information is urged to contact DC Cave on 0345 113 5000 (ext 7921 6645).