A mother spoke of her “heartbreak” after her 12-year-old son got the brand new scooter he was given for Christmas stolen from two knife-wielding thieves – the first time he took it out.
The robbery took place the day after Boxing Day on Old Church Road in Bell Green and ruined the holiday season for those involved.
The victim’s mother, who asked not to be named, told CoventryLive she felt like a “failure” for not being there to protect her son.
The eighth grade student at Foxford Senior School was dying to get off his new scooter and asked his mother to let him play for an hour on December 27th.
After calling for a friend who came out on his bike, the two headed off to call another buddy. At this point, they passed two men who doubled back and approached the young friends, took out knives and asked for the scooter and bicycle.
The police are investigating and have asked witnesses – or those with information – to report.
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The victim’s mother said, “My son asked if he could play. He doesn’t go out normally, he usually stays inside and plays the computer, which I prefer. But he just wanted to go out a little.” for one hour.
“He called for his friend who came out on his bike, then they called for another boy at the end of Old Church Road.
“But as they were going over the hill two guys came up the hill, but after walking past him they turned and followed them around a corner and then it all happened.
“They called in the scooter and bike and pulled out a kitchen knife and a fly knife. My son said he thought they were about 18 or 19 years old.
“Then he came home, he sobbed and said his scooter had been taken but I thought he was joking. When I realized he wasn’t us we called the police and they were really good – they came within minutes out immediately.
“They found the bike unloaded, I don’t know where, but it was an old bike while the scooter was two days old – it was the first time he had been on it.
“I was heartbroken and angry. I hate the people who did this. I hate people like this anyway, it means you can’t let your kids out, it’s not safe.
“I’m grateful that he gave it to them. My boy is a good boy – I raised my children on my own and taught them right and wrong.”
On the subject of matching items
On the subject of matching items
The mother, who lived in Bell Green all her life, said that Christmas should be a healing time for the family after such a difficult year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which was exacerbated due to its high risk.
“It was the first thing I saved for and I bought it two months ago,” she shared, talking about the scooter. “I live alone with my two children and this year has been very difficult for everyone.
“I’m at high risk, so it was particularly difficult and I drummed into them so much security. They’ve been through so much – they haven’t seen their father, who is stuck on the other side of the world, and couldn’t fly back because of the restrictions .
“They were absolutely excited on Christmas morning. My son was so happy with his gift. Christmas Day and Boxing Day were good, but then everything went pear-shaped.
“Now my son keeps hugging me and telling me he loves me. I don’t think he wants to go back to school.”
But not only her son suffers. The rest of the family, including his nine-year-old sister, are also feeling the effects.
The mother of six said, “My older children blew out of the nest so it’s just you and me, the youngest two.
“My nine-year-old daughter has a firm belief that she never wants to play. The impact it has had on her is so crazy and her birthday is coming up.”
She added of her son, “I let him out for 20 minutes and that happened, I feel sick and guilty. I usually go everywhere with them – I basically wrap them in cotton and maybe I shouldn’t.”
“But I feel sick, I wasn’t there to protect him – I feel like a failure.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We are investigating a robbery on Old Church Road in Coventry on Sunday, December 27th, shortly before 3:15 pm, in which two men stole an electric scooter and a mountain bike as they approached two boys and threatened to hurt her.
“The bike was later found by officers, but the electric scooter is still excellent.
“Inquiries continue and anyone who has information or has seen what happened is asked to contact us via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8 a.m. and midnight, or call 101 at any time. Crimestoppers can anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime reference 20CV / 323653E / 20. ”