CALLOUS thieves stole a child’s Christmas present during a raid on 11 garages in one small Burton street.
Two bikes, including one which was given to a 12-year-old boy on Christmas Day, were among the items taken from the garages in Pegg Court, when thieves broke into them overnight.
Residents awoke this morning to find circular holes drilled into the doors, which had been used to open the garages and take the items.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s the fact that somebody seems to have planned it, which is the worst thing. They must have been watching for a long time to know the garages and who had new bikes for Christmas.
“My son loved his mountain bike.”
The thefts were discovered when one resident went outside at 5.30am and saw that several garage doors were open. He went to inform his neighbours, who then discovered items were missing.
Another person, who had bikes and tools stolen from her garage, told the Mail: “I’m upset about this. You think you live in a safe area, and then something like this happens. Everyone is so close here.
“I’m surprised nobody heard anything.”
The holes on the doors were covered with wood or paper yesterday as residents organised for work to be done to fix the problem.
Police confirmed that the two bikes stolen were a white Diamondback mountain bike, worth £550, and a grey Cube Acid mountain bike, worth £800.
Inspector Rob Neeson said: “I would surmise they were looking for bikes of value.”