Brakes on Corban after scooter theft

By Amie Hickland

A 5-year-old Masterton boy is devastated his Christmas present, an MGP scooter, was stolen while he attended a holiday programme last month.

Kirsten Butters said she bought a scooter for each of her children, Corban, 5, and Montana, 7. Because she is a beneficiary, she said it was the only Christmas present each of them received from her.

Corban contributed $50 from pocket money, a birthday present from his grandfather, to the gift.

"To be able to do that for my kids was really special," she said.

She can't claim insurance because her excess has recently gone up to $300, and can't afford to replace the scooter.

Ms Butters said the scooter went missing from Lakeview School as Corban attended a holiday programme.

It was left outside with a bunch of other scooters - including Montana's - on January 24.

She was "really gutted" for her son: "It was just the best thing ever".

"It's just horrible that another child would do that."

Ms Butters said the light blue scooter was only a month old but the handlebar grips were worn. She has reported the theft to police, and also put notices in school newsletters asking those who have it to return it.

She asked those responsible to return the scooter to the police station - no questions asked.

- Wairarapa Times-Age

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