Relief for battling Kinross resident as stolen electric bike is found


Perth Electric Bike Centre’s Matt Cruickshank with Mihary Ceke and First Class Constable Kylie Allison.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie d472412
Perth Electric Bike Centre’s Matt Cruickshank with Mihary Ceke and First Class Constable Kylie Allison. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d472412

MIHARY Ceke’s electric bike was so important to him he was in tears when he discovered it had been stolen.

The 79-year-old Kinross resident was “devastated” to find that his only mode of transport had been stolen after its lock was cut at the local shopping centre last month.

The theft was the latest setback in a difficult time for Mr Ceke, who lost his wife last year and then suffered a heart attack.

His ill health left him unable to drive.

His daughter Sharon Mears said her father “had tears in his eyes” when he told her of the theft.

“He was devastated; I’d never seen him like that,” she said.

But police did not take long to find the bike when the alleged thief peddled it through Facebook and did not cover his trail.

Ms Mears contacted police after a Facebook user messaged her with a link to a post selling her father’s prized possession.

Officers allege the man stole and sold the bike on the same day.

Detectives tracked it to a buyer in Dawesville two days later.

Police charged a 33-year-old man with theft and a 41-year-old Dawesville man with receiving stolen goods.

Investigator Cameron Hubbard said police worked hard on the case, knowing the impact the theft had on Mr Ceke.

They were disappointed to find the bike had been trashed.

“It had a bit of damage from being hotwired and ridden roughly,” he said.

“It was sold at a very cheap price as opposed to what it’s worth.”

Police took the bike to Perth Electric Bike Centre, in Osborne Park, where Mr Ceke had bought it.

The centre’s Matt Cruickshank repaired it for free.

“We saw there was a chance to do something to help in the community,” he said.