Do the right thing and return my cycle
The following is a letter to the thieves who stole my bike.
I want to thank you for ruining my day on Saturday. You did an amazing job! You stole my bike from in front of my house between noon and 5pm — in broad daylight.
You made what had been a special day with my family a horrible one. My children, who were too young to know about bike theft, are now worried about things they don’t need to be worried about at their age.
You also took another bike in our neighbourhood, at the same time, that you unsuccessfully tried to start. You then dumped it in the communal area, in the same spot that you dumped the items I had stored in my bike seat.
Incredibly, you did the same thing with another bike a few days earlier, in the exact same spot.
Where is your conscience? How can you look yourself in the mirror after that?
You have taken thousands of my hard-earned dollars, all for what — a joyride? To sell parts for minimal money?
Do you sleep at night by assuming that I have the money to just go out and get another bike, or, more likely, does this not even cross your mind?
Sadly, the act you committed suggests you don’t even care. What was done and over with for you in a matter of minutes is still not done and over with for me.
I have spent countless hours on this; searching the area, speaking to the police and to neighbours, looking for anyone who may have video footage, posting information online to try to find it, arranging temporary transportation to work, figuring out how I will be able to buy a new bike ... the list goes on.
To all of the “bystanders” — friends and family of the bike thieves who may be aware of what is going on — I implore you to take action.
Please help to make this country one that we can all be proud to live in.
Theft in Bermuda seems to be on the uprise and something needs to be done about it.
A simple, anonymous call is all it takes for you to be an upstanding citizen rather than a one playing the role of bystander.
Finally, to any upstanding citizens out there who may know something about the whereabouts of my bike, a black Yamaha GT with green detail, license plate CJ 119, I would greatly appreciate it if you could contact the police to help me get my bike back.
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