THIEVES who used bolt cutters to steal a £1,000 bike from outside a hospital have been branded ‘the lowest you can get’.
Steven Letsche had accompanied his girlfriend Rose Johnson to see a specialist at Queen Alexandra Hospital when the crooks struck.
The couple locked their bikes up near the north entrance at the Cosham site.
Mr Letsche, 43, checked on the bikes three times while Rose, 50, had her appointment and had tests.
But when the couple left the hospital 45 minutes later, thieves had used bolt cutters to cut through the bike lock and fled with Mr Letsche’s white Scott Aspect 40 bike worth £1,000.
The bike has distinctive gold wheel trims and gold accessories.
The bolt cutters and a drawstring bag had been dumped at the scene.
Mr Letsche, of Ewart Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, said: ‘The bolt cutters were lying on the ground and my bike was gone.
‘I would just like them to give me my bike back.
‘Stealing from outside a hospital, whether it’s staff, somebody visiting or a patient, it’s the lowest you can get.’
Cleaner Mr Letsche bought the bike six months ago and used it to get around the city following a recent move to Portsmouth.
Now police are probing the theft, which took place between about 1.15pm and 2pm on August 30.
Mr Letsche added: ‘I checked on the bikes three times.
‘The fourth time I came back out when we had finished, went to the north entrance, down to the bike stand and the bike had gone. I can’t believe it.’
Anyone with information is asked to call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.