Thieves have left a Fosdyke teenager struggling for transport after riding off with her scooter while she was working as a waitress.
Chancie Rogan (17) had just finished her shift at Amici Restaurant in Vine Street, Spalding, only to find her Baotian Falcon missing from a car park outside the restaurant on Saturday, November 2.
The black and gold scooter worth about £750 was a present from Chancie’s parents after passing her motorcycle test in October 2012 and she is now relying on them to take her to jobs in Spalding and a care home in Wyberton, as well as to college in Boston.
Chancie said: “I arrived at work at about 6.40pm and parked my scooter in the same place I normally do in Vine Street car park.
“Then I came into work, did my job, went out into the car park and, at first, I thought I was seeing things because there was just an empty space where my scooter should be.
“There were a lot of cars in the car park, so I looked up and down about three times but couldn’t see the scooter.
“I came back to the restaurant and told my manager who took me around town looking for it and we stopped someone who said they had seen two people wearing jeans and black helmets riding on the bike.
“I couldn’t believe it at first but when I was told that people had been seen riding on my scooter, I was fuming because the scooter was my only form of transport and now I’ve got to rely on my mum and dad for everything.”
The scooter theft is the latest in a series of incidents, including a burglary at Revills Shoes on Francis Street, Spalding, in September, that are worrying members of The Crescent Traders’ Association who held brief talks with Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner on Friday.
Restaurant owner and association member Ivan Pastore said: “When Chancie told me her scooter had been stolen, we jumped in my wife’s car and did a tour round the district council offices, stopping everyone we saw to ask them whether they had seen it.
“Then she called her parents, who weren’t too pleased, and her mum came to pick her up.
“The lack of transport is stressful for Chancie and her family which, in turn, isn’t good for me and my business.
“But Chancie is a very, very bright girl and it’s also very difficult to find passionate staff willing to sacrifice their weekends to come and work.”
Anyone with information should call 101, stating incident 467 of November 2.