ADAM Armstrong’s family rallied together to buy him a bicycle for Christmas to help the 18-year-old keep his independence while he awaits a cornea implant to stop him from going blind.
But callous thieves stole the heartfelt gift while Adam was shopping in Rockingham on Sunday.
The Hillman teen’s mum, Paula Armstrong, said the bike was a perfect present for her son to use each day to get to work after he was unable to obtain his learner’s permit last year as his eyesight deteriorated.
The white and green Avanti Explorer, which had been fitted with metal pedals to cater for his height, was stolen from a bicycle rack between Westpac and Australia Post at Rockingham Shopping Centre between 2pm and 5pm.
It was ripped from secure chains and replaced with an old and run-down bicycle.
“This person stole more than just a bike, they stole the only Christmas present our son received and most of our extended family put money towards it,” Mrs Armstrong said.
“They stole the only mode of transport for a visually impaired man who can’t afford to replace it.”
“Adam requires a corneal transplant to have any chance of keeping his sight and without the possibility of getting his licence, he has lost his independence, freedom and many employment opportunities that most teens take for granted.
“The worst thing about the theft is that Adam has been calling his relatives apologising for wasting their money; it’s horrible to think he believes it’s his own fault.”
Mrs Armstrong urged anyone who may have seen the theft to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.