Real-life Grinch steals children’s dirtbikes

One or more individuals quietly helped themselves to four motorized kids’ vehicles

  • Oct. 23, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

Sometime between dinner on Saturday and early Sunday morning, one or more individuals quietly helped themselves to four motorized kids’ vehicles from their grandparents’ home in the neighbourhood of Glenbank. The keys were not in the ignitions, yet the vehicles were all removed from the premises and are still missing.

On October 19 Nakusp RCMP received a report of the stolen dirt bikes. They are described as follows:

2002 Honda 50 CC (red and white, front forks are twisted)

2004 KTM SX 65 CC (orange with decals that said “shirtless”)

Early 90s Yamaha DRZ 80 (homemade pink custom plastic panels with fox stickers)

2004 Polaris kids quad (green) front bumper missing.

The vehicles provided four of the Lindgrens’ grandchildren (ages 7 to 11) with endless hours of fun at their grandparents’ acreage, where they were used often and as recently as the previous weekend. Mother of two of the victims, Rosalyn Lindgren spoke to the Arrow Lakes News, “We’re really sad for the kids — the fact that someone could do that to children.”

Despite the fact that the items were older, the loss is huge.  Lindgren estimates the replacement value for used equipment in the neighbourhood of $5500 and new to be more like $12,000.

“We are hardworking people.  It’s not easy to replace such a huge loss,” she added.

When her boys were told about the theft, they were heartbroken but Mom says they are handling it as well as can be expected.

If anyone has information in regards to the thefts they are asked to contact the Nakusp RCMP.