A SHOPPER’S bike was snatched after he left it unlocked as he went into a supermarket.
The £1,500 cycle was left outside Sainbury’s in Station Terrace in East Boldon.
When the owner returned a short time later, he found it had gone.
The bike is described as a gun metal grey Kona, with Big Dawg written in blue on the frame, suspension at the rear, and silver pedals.
The thief is described as wearing black jeans and a black hooded top with a blue stripe on the arm.
Police are appealing for help to trace the culprit and also issued a reminder to cyclists to not to leave their bike unlocked, even if just for a short time, as opportunist thieves will take advantage if they see on left insecure.
Bike owners are advised to make sure they use a good quality lock – preferably a D-lock – and to secure their bike up whenever they leave it unattended.
Northumbria Police has also suggested cyclists register their bike with free property registering site www.immobilise.com.
The site will help reunite the bike with its rightful owner if it is stolen and later recovered.
Any witnesses to the theft, which happened at 3.40pm on Wednesday, August 21, is asked to call police on 101 ext 69191 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.