Police are appealing for more witnesses after a motor scooter was reported stolen in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
A 17-year-old youth left his black Honda S-Wing scooter at the back of a friend’s address in West Street at 5pm on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
Between 7pm and 8pm on the same evening, it’s alleged the scooter was stolen and taken to a nearby cemetery, also in West Street.
Investigating officer PC Matt Wilford of the Island Support Unit (ISU) said: “The suspected thief is believed to have tried starting the scooter but failed. The scooter was found abandoned in the cemetery the following morning.
“Officers have carried out enquiries in the local community and a witness has told us a man was seen pushing some kind of bike in the cemetery between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday evening (July 6).
“This appeal is for extra information about this man and his movements as the West Street area can be a popular route for dog walkers. We would particularly like to hear from witnesses to suspicious behaviour or anybody who may have seen the suspect himself in or near the cemetery last Wednesday evening.”
The suspect was described as:
> Tanned complexion
> Round face
> Stocky build
> Approximately 5 ft 8 ins tall
> Aged in his late 20s to early 30s
> Short hair
Anyone who saw this man in Ryde on Wednesday evening (July 6) or knows his identity is asked to contact Ryde Police Station by phoning 101. From outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, call police on 0845 045 45 45. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111