A TEENAGE mechanic has been left devastated after thieves stole his four-week-old motor scooter.
Sixteen-year-old Shaun Hollas has saved his wages from his first job to put a deposit down on the £2,000-plus machine.
"I'm gutted. I've been saving since last June for the scooter and it was taken away from me in a flash," he said.
Shaun, of Fernside Avenue, Almondbury was riding his black and red Aprilia motor scooter in Keldregate at Bradley on Sunday afternoon.
His dad Paul said: "Shaun was just taking the scooter for a Sunday afternoon spin. It's a nice stretch of road and he thought he could test it out.
"I'd warned him about buses being stopped in that area because of problems, and now he's devastated."
Former Almondbury High School pupil, Shaun, was stopping his machine to go into a shop when two youths got on to it, snatched his helmet and drove off, a third ran off.
Shaun was left badly shaken by the incident but was back at work as an apprentice mechanic at the Midlothian Garage on Leeds Road on Monday.
Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident which happened around 4pm.
The £2,250 machine, registration YJ54 XAA, has yet to be recovered.
The first thief was African Caribbean, about 18 years and 5ft 8ins and slim with a three-inch long bushy Afro hairstyle, and was wearing a grey Nike tracksuit.
The second was also African Caribbean, 16 to 17 years, 5ft 6ins and skinny and wearing a dark green raincoat and dark blue tracksuit bottoms.
The third was a mixed race African Caribbean youth, 16 to 17 years and was wearing a white and navy baseball cap and dark navy tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Mark Hinchliffe on 01484 436659.