TEENAGER Jacob Smith was left devastated after his prized bike was stolen from outside his school.
The thief was caught on the school’s CCTV and appeared to flaunt the crime by riding in front of the cameras.
Jacob was delighted when he was given the bike, worth hundreds of pounds, for his 13th birthday and used it every day to go to school and meet friends.
But it was stolen as he attended Crofton Secondary School in Fareham.
Jacob, from Peel Common, Gosport, said he was devastated when he discovered his bike was gone.
The 14-year-old said: ‘I looked after that bike so much – I washed it most weekends.
‘I used to go out on the track on it all the time and now when I see my friends going out I can’t go with them which makes me a bit upset.
‘I saved up for an expensive helmet and I only got to use it once.’
Jacob has been forced to use an old bike belonging to a family member to get to school, which needed significant work to it to make it roadworthy.
His dad James Smith said: ‘It’s heartbreaking. We’re a hard-working family that doesn’t claim anything and somebody just comes along and takes your property. It’s annoying.’
The 36-year-old added: ‘He used to go out quite a lot on his bike with his friends and he can’t do that now.’
The thief was caught on CCTV breaking the bike’s lock and then stealing it.
But before he did, he rode it in front of the cameras, circling the other locked bikes.
The theft took place between 1.35pm and 1.45pm at the school on Marks Road.
The suspect was wearing a black hoodie and white scarf and was of average build.
Jake and his dad are appealing for anyone who may have seen the black and green, Voodoo Bakka bike to get in touch.
Police said they are investigating the incident and anyone with information should call 101 quoting the crime reference number 441403 69842.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.