Police hunting heartless thief after bike stolen from child at ice-cream shop

A young boy has had his much-loved bike stolen by a heartless thief while visiting a local ice-cream shop at Cooks Hill in Newcastle this week.

Police said the 11-year-old boy and his sister rode their bikes to the shop on Darby Street just before 4.00pm on Wednesday.

The child said he noticed a man acting suspiciously so he stood next to his bike. However, that didn’t stop the thief, who walked directly up to the boy and yanked the bike from his hands.


He then took off on the bike down Darby Street.

Police said the man is described as being Caucasian appearance, aged in his mid 20s, slim build with black hair and a moustache.

He was wearing black shorts, a cap, sunglasses and white ‘Nike’ runners with a red and yellow trim.

The bike is described as being a green/grey coloured ‘Giant’ brand, small framed mountain bike. It has a ‘Maxxis’ sticker on the front of the frame and the wheels.

PHOTO: Supplied – NSW Police


Newcastle Crime Manager Detective Inspector Peter Mahon said the actions of the person who stole this bike are inexcusable.

“I have no doubt someone in the community has information about who is responsible for this crime.”

“We urge anyone with information about the whereabouts of this bike or the person who took the bike to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000.