The quad at the right of this picture was stolen from a Mesachie Lake home just prior to Christmas.

The quad at the right of this picture was stolen from a Mesachie Lake home just prior to Christmas.

Thieves steal boy’s Christmas present

Eight-year-old goes without: ATV swiped from Mesachie Lake home was destined to be under the tree

Jayson Shand is hoping the Grinch who stole his eight-year-old son’s Christmas gift — a 55cc quad — might have a change of heart.

Shand worked out a great deal to buy the four-wheeler from a friend for $75 before it was swiped from the friend’s house in Mesachie Lake.

“I had this great deal lined up with my buddy,” Shand said Dec. 23. “It must have happened last week some time. He went out to the car port to work on it, tune it up before we bought it, and it was gone.”

Little Jakeb missed out Christmas morning because Shand hasn’t been able to find another deal like the one he struck with his friend; most similar quads are going used for $300 to $500 online.

Unfortunately, the father and painting contractor can’t afford to fork out that much as he’s been off work for more than a month.

“That was his big gift, and he might have been disappointed with the lack of toys under the tree, but then he would have opened the curtain and seen the quad and it probably would have freaked him out,” he said.

Shand is hoping whoever got away with the quad might re-think their actions and return it.

This quad wasn’t the only four-wheeler to be pinched before Christmas.

Lake Cowichan RCMP reported between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Dec. 14 a red Kawasaki 500 ATV was stolen from a yard in the 200 block of Neva Road in Lake Cowichan.

RCMP are investigating this theft as well as a break-in to a shed on Alder Crescent in Youbou during the late evening of Dec. 20 or early morning Dec. 21.

“The complainant reported that an outdoor shed had been broken in to and several items were stolen,” an RCMP press release stated. “Neighbourhood inquiries revealed that several other properties in the area were also targeted.”

Anyone with information about any of these crimes should contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.