Consider yourself lucky if your bike was stolen and then recovered, police have said.
Police found Rarotonga resident Katrina Tanirau’s bike in Ngatangiia on Sunday evening. Its ignition was destroyed, the number plates were removed and brakes damaged.
Tanirau’s bike was not the only one stolen in the weekend.
Two more bikes were reported stolen but have also been found.
Police had earlier said that on an average, there are just over four reported stolen bikes a month.
Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said the stolen bikes were found abandoned.
One had been hot-wired and one had no plates.
Tanirau’s bike was taken from outside her home on Saturday between 2.30pm to 8pm.
She had checked the perimeter of the property prior to calling police to report it stolen.
Tanirau received a phone call on Sunday afternoon from police informing her that they had located the bike, but that it was significantly damaged.
“I understand that times are tough and would gladly give my bike to anyone who needed to borrow it, but this is my main mode of transportation and theft is simply unacceptable in my opinion,” she said.
Tanirau has expressed her appreciation to the police and other good friends on Rarotonga who helped track down her bike.
And she hopes that the culprits are caught and face the full force of the law.
Last month, Liz Hosking’s black and red Honda Wave went missing and she called on leaders and the community to tackle youth crime.
In a separate case, a man charged for the theft of a motorbike on February 23 is in custody.
Mataora Pukeiti is accused of intentionally taking a blue Honda Wave motor cycle worth $3000 from outside Mangaia Hostel, the property of Tieni Ra’ea.
The victim had approached the accused, who was squatting in a house not belonging to him on the Tupapa back road and later informed the police of his whereabouts.
Pitt said some people carelessly leave keys in the ignition.
He added that recovery rate of stolen bikes is generally low, so owners need to take care.
“Consider yourself lucky if you get your bike back.”