Thieves steal six year old’s bike
LITTLE Ascinda Amira Billsborough has become the victim of a petty crime that is a big deal to the six-and-a-half year old.
Her turquoise pushbike was stolen from just inside her front yard while she ate dinner with her family on February 5.
"It's just a low act," Ascinda's father Michael said.
"Why would you steal a child's bike?
"If they were that desperate I would have bought them one."
Michael said Ascinda was playing next door with some of the neighbourhood children when her mother called her in for their evening meal.
As she rushed inside Ascinda left the bike beside their driveway gate and didn't realise it had disappeared until she returned from school the following day.
Despite Ascinda's disappointment Michael said he held no ill feeling towards the thieves.
"If they did bring it back there wouldn't be any questions asked and I wouldn't tell the police."
It's not the first time the Billsboroughs have had a bike taken from their front lawn.
In 2009 Michael's eldest son Nicholas had his bike stolen while the family was in the hospital emergency department with second-eldest son Isaac.
About a year later Michael found the bike at the Endeavour Recovery Centre near the town dump.
"I was out at the centre buying some bikes for the kids up the street when I recognised it by a scratch under the seat and the bloke in charge was good enough to give it back to Nicholas."
While there was a happy ending to that incident, Ascinda is not sure the family will be so lucky a second time so she is appealing to them directly.
"I feel very sad," Ascinda said.
"Please bring it back."