Carefully locking his prized BMX bike to the fence before hopping in the lake, Colin Barwick, felt confident his ride would be safe.
While swimming with a friend he periodically checked on the bike and longboard that were locked together, July 16.
Around 4 p.m., after being at the lake for a little more than an hour, Barwick was alarmed when he heard a familiar noise.
“My spokes were loose and made a clipping noise,” said the Victoria youth.
He ran after it as thief rode off.
“My hand was in reach of the back tire, but I didn’t want to wreck my hand,” said Barwick. “(The thief) had a pair of snips in his hand, he was probably just walking around looking for a bike.”
The bike is a Redman BMX with pink brake cables, white handlebars and a blue frame.
It’s the second bike Barwick lost to theft in one month though he accepts responsibility for not locking up his bike the first time. The Redman BMX was bought off a friend and Barwick is still paying for it.
Barwick has only been riding BMX for a year and already he’s moved up to intermediate class and placed first in several national competitions.
The teen asks anyone with information to contact West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264