IN A strange turn of events three motorbikes stolen in a £30,000 raid in Philpstoun were returned this week.
Scottish Youth Motocross juniors Fraser Pohlen (15) and Andrew Pohlen (10) were stunned when four motorcycles, crash helmets and riding kit were stolen last week from their garage at Pardovan Holdings. A number of Airsoft imitation rifles were also taken along with cameras, taking the total theft value to £30,000.
But on Sunday, three of the motorbikes were returned to the garage in full working order. Enquiries are continuing to locate the other missing items.
Mum Lesley Pohlen said: “My boys are ecstatic about getting their bikes back - they had been left totally devastated. Fraser is currently sitting in first position in the Scottish motocross championships, Andrew is sitting third in his class, so to have their bikes stolen at a crucial time was heartbreaking for them.’’
The missing bike is an orange KTM 125cc with number 166 on the front and on the side panels with red flame graphics. It is valued at £5000.
A police spokesman said: “Officers are still progressing their enquiries.”
He urged caution as the stolen Airsoft weapons, although not real firearms, are designed to look authentic, which could cause fear and alarm.
Anyone with information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.