Edinburgh mum left 'anxious' after thieves raid garage as children sleep

An Edinburgh family are devastated after their home garage was raided in the middle of the night with thieves making off with bikes worth thousands of pounds.

Emma and Arran Hunter, from Craiglockart, were sound asleep when their home alarm began to blare out.

They inspected their home where their children were sleeping before they realised that the alarm had been triggered by intruders in their garage.

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But by the time they got out into their back garden, the thieves had made off with the mountain bikes that Arran uses regularly to go cycling with friends in the Pentlands.

The bikes are described as being an E-mountain bike vitus e-sommett which is dark navy blue in colour with purple pedals and a regular mountain bike which is an NS brand and black and bronze.

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Police attended the property at 3.30am but Emma says she called officers at around 0.55am on Wednesday, June 5.

“It was 00.45am last night our house alarm was sounded and by the time we realised it was the garage sensor the bikes were gone,” Emma said. “We reckon we were targeted on Facebook as my husband had his bike for sale on marketplace.

“Someone asked what area we lived in and although he didn’t give our address we reckon they tracked our house down from the images he posted online of the bike in our driveway - that evening they were gone. I reported it to the police immediately.

“All our gates to the back of the house were still secured, our back fence was broken so we could see they had climbed over in a hurry, but we are still baffled at how they managed to lift an e-mountain bike over the high fence. My husband works very hard and I’m devastated for him, he has a great group of friends he regularly bikes with up the Pentlands and weekends away all over Scotland.

“It’s his passion and a way for him to release stress after working so very hard. We have two young children in the house and I would openly say I feel extremely anxious.

“I’m a stay at home mum and spend a lot of time in my home with my children.”

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Emma says that they are sharing their ordeal in the hope that someone may come forward with information relating to the theft and the bikes can be returned.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 12.55am on Wednesday, 5 May, 2024, we received a report that bikes had been stolen from a property in Edinburgh. Enquiries are ongoing."