Bring back Chris’s bike

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?: A plea has been made for the return of this motorcycle, a Suzuki B120 painted a distinctive blue, stolen from outside EIT Tairawhiti on Sunday. Allan Kellett’s Panel and Paint bought the machine in 1981 and it has been the only means of transport for employee Chris Bowman for many years. Picture supplied
Chris Bowman.

For 37 years Chris Bowman has been riding the firm’s motorcycle to and from work each day at Allan Kellett’s Panel and Paint.

That is right up until he parked it outside EIT Tairawhiti on Sunday.

Mr Bowman was at the campus for a meeting. When he came out he found someone had stolen his only means of transport.

“The firm bought the Suzuki B120 bike in 1981 and Chris rode it everywhere,” said Allan Kellett.

Mr Bowman works as a vehicle detailer for the company.

“Chris has ridden it around the city since l981, picking up parts, delivering mail, and picking up our smoko.”

The bike has a tow bar fitted and sometimes Chris would tow a small trailer.

“The bike has tremendous sentimental value for the firm, and especially for Chris,” Mr Kellett said.

“It’s his only means of transport to and from work.

“The theft of it has crippled him.

“We appeal to whoever took it to return it, or at least let us know where we can find it,” he said.

“It has no value as such now as a piece of machinery.

“But it has real value for us and especially for Chris because of the history it represents.”

Mr Kellett said police had been advised of the theft.

“Chris is a dedicated employee and we hope he has his bike returned to him.”

For 37 years Chris Bowman has been riding the firm’s motorcycle to and from work each day at Allan Kellett’s Panel and Paint.

That is right up until he parked it outside EIT Tairawhiti on Sunday.

Mr Bowman was at the campus for a meeting. When he came out he found someone had stolen his only means of transport.

“The firm bought the Suzuki B120 bike in 1981 and Chris rode it everywhere,” said Allan Kellett.

Mr Bowman works as a vehicle detailer for the company.

“Chris has ridden it around the city since l981, picking up parts, delivering mail, and picking up our smoko.”

The bike has a tow bar fitted and sometimes Chris would tow a small trailer.

“The bike has tremendous sentimental value for the firm, and especially for Chris,” Mr Kellett said.

“It’s his only means of transport to and from work.

“The theft of it has crippled him.

“We appeal to whoever took it to return it, or at least let us know where we can find it,” he said.

“It has no value as such now as a piece of machinery.

“But it has real value for us and especially for Chris because of the history it represents.”

Mr Kellett said police had been advised of the theft.

“Chris is a dedicated employee and we hope he has his bike returned to him.”

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