A MAN with learning disabilities has spoken of his ‘anger and upset’ after thieves stole his bike while he browsed CDs.
Mark Greenfield, 36, of Pavilion Road, Worthing, had his Specialized Hardrock Sport bike stolen from outside HMV in Worthing town centre last Tuesday.
The supermarket worker relies on the cycle to maintain his independence and hopes thieves will return it.
He said: “I was in Worthing town centre and went to park my bike near HMV and popped in to have a look at some CDs and I came out and my bike wasn’t there. Someone had stolen it.”
“It made me feel really angry and upset and caused me all sorts of problems. I kept thinking about it afterwards.
“I was really annoyed and just didn’t know what to do.”
Mark rang his friend, Jennie Foster, who called police on his behalf.
She has since appealed to good Samaritans on social media in the hope of fundraising to buy Mr Greenfield a replacement.
One woman offered to lend him a bike in the meantime so he could continue to travel to and from work.
Jennie said: “He rang me up and he was absolutely beside himself. He uses the bike to work and it enables him to be more independent. It makes things a bit easier for him.
“I rang police and explained he was a vulnerable adult and they picked him up and brought him back to mine.
“When he arrived, he was really down and depressed. It was awful. He was so devastated, I had to do something to help him out.”
Jenny appealed to any businesses who may be interested in helping Mark replace his stolen bike.
She added: “If people saw how much they had put him through, they might think twice about doing it again.
“We want to get the word out in case someone tries to sell it on and someone spots it.”
The black and silver bike was stolen some time between 7.30pm and 7.45pm, in the Montague Centre.
Witnesses, or anyone with information about the theft, should call police on 101.
In an exclusive interview with the Herald this month, Adur and Worthing acting chief inspector Will Rolls warned the public to be on their guard against opportunistic thefts, as police braced themselves for a spike over Christmas.