A teenager’s “pride and joy” motorbike is still missing a week after it was stolen from outside a house in Cook Street, Dysart.
Paul Conway admits he is “completely lost” after the callous theft just weeks after the death of his father.
Now police in Kirkcaldy are appealing to anyone who has seen the distinctive red and black bike or knows anything about its disappearance to get in touch.
The red and black Honda 125 CBF was parked in Cook Street during the early hours of last Thursday morning when it was taken.
And this week police said that, despite several sightings of the bike initially in the Dunfermline area and latterly in the Links area of Kirkcaldy, it has not yet been traced.
Paul (18), who is living temporarily with friends in Dysart, has sought solace in his prized motorbike, since his beloved father Dane (46), died suddenly of a heart attack just two weeks ago.
The tragedy hit Paul hard, and he had been out for a drive during the early hours of last Thursday morning as he was unable to sleep.
He returned to his friend’s house shortly before 4.00 a.m. and went inside to make a cup of coffee. An hour later he looked out of the window to discover the bike missing.
He immediately posted appeals on his Facebook page hoping that someone would spot it, and the police were contacted.
“I am completely lost without my bike,” he said. “I saved up and bought it with my Christmas money and my wages, and I spend every spare minute either working on it or going for rides.
“I would urge anyone who has seen it to contact the police as it means a lot to me.”
Paul’s heartbroken mum Anne added: “He spends all his time and money on his bike. It is his pride and joy.
“It is very distinctive with one red alloy wheel and another white. There are a few scratches next to the petrol tank, and it also has a sports exhaust.
“His dad was really proud of him when he managed to save up enough money to buy it himself.
“Since the tragedy Paul hasn’t been sleeping properly, and has been going for long rides on his bike to places we used to go to as a family. It’s heartbreaking to see him so lost.”
Community inspector David Latto said: “Despite investigations into sightings reported on Facebook and another in Pratt Street we have not been able to trace this bike. We would ask anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible.
“We would also reiterate that motorbikes should be kept securely locked and if possible immobilised to prevent thefts.”
Contact Police Scotland’s Fife Division on 101.