Bike belonging to dead teenager stolen from 'distraught' family's shed

Police are urging anyone with information on the theft of two bikes to come forward.

Bike belonging to dead Edinburgh teenager stolen from family’s shed Police Scotland

A family has been left “distraught” after a bike belonging to their dead son was stolen in Edinburgh.

Thieves broke into a garden shed at an address in the Buckstone Avenue area at around 6.45pm on Thursday, January 25, and stole two bikes.

One of the bikes has been described as holding a “great deal of sentimental value” to the family as it belonged to their 18-year-old son who died in February last year.

Lewis McCartney was 18-years-old when he died after sustaining serious injuries on Viewcraig Street.

Bailey Dowling, 19, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with murder days later.

Police have said it would “mean so much” to the family for the bikes to be returned and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Police are investigating the theft of two bikes.

The first bike is a green/bronze coloured Ragley Mountain Bike with purple handle bar end caps and the second is a blue coloured Giant Fantom Mountain Bike.

Inspector Keith Forrester said: “One of the bikes holds a great deal of sentimental value to the family as it belonged to their 18-year-old son who died in February 2023.

“The family are distraught and described the bike as their late son’s pride and joy and provided them with many fond memories.

“We are appealing for anyone who has any information to come forward. If you were in the area and have private CCTV or dash-cam footage which could help, please get in touch.

“If you have unknowingly bought one of the stolen bikes recently, it would mean so much to the family to get the bikes back. Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference incident 3430 of January 25.”

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