Mum left stranded by brazen bike theft

BRAZEN thieves have taken to unbolting bike racks to steal valuable electric bikes.

Around midday last Saturday, single mum Jaya Penelope, 46, left her bike chained to a rail while she dropped a letter into her local post office and did some shopping.

When Ms Penelope returned to the spot where her electric bike should have been the rail was lying on the ground with its bolts undone and her bike was nowhere to be seen.

“I was shocked and it took me a while to comprehend,” Ms Penelope said.

“It’s left me high and dry.

“It’s my only vehicle. I don’t have a car. I use if for shopping, work, everything.”

• Jaya Penelope and son Gwydion lost their only transport to a bike thief, but are hoping kind souls will get them mobile again. Photo by Harriet Burrows

The electric bike is worth $4000 and the single mother relies on it to transport her eight-year-old son, Gwydion, to and from school.

TravelSmart officer Jillian Woolmer told the Voice bike thefts were on the rise around Perth.

In response to the cruel theft, community members have rallied behind Ms Penelope, with a friend setting up a crowd funding page and a South Fremantle bike shop offering her a discount on a new electric bike.

“It’s been very heartening,” Ms Penelope said.

“I’ve been very touched by the number of people who have shown concern.”

So far the crowd funding effort has raised $1000 of the $4000 target.

To donate to Ms Penelope’s new electric bike and help get her life back on track, go to https://chuffed.org.project/help-replace-jayas-stolen-bicycle.

by WADE ZAGLAS

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