A van containing a unique trials bike worth £3,000 has been stolen from a driveway in Dronfield.
The theft occurred on the morning of February 19 on Anglesey Road while the owner was occupied answering a call to his home telephone.
Keen rider Alan Whitton, 57, had been defrosting his white Ford Transit around 9am and had left his keys in the ignition.
He said the theft happened in a matter of seconds.
“I looked round and someone had jumped in the van and reversed off the drive before I could get a look at them,” he said.
“I don’t think anyone knew the bike was in the back. It’s one of a kind, a replica 1960s bike. I’d made most of the parts for it over the last two years.
“It’s not just the money, it’s the time and effort I put into making it.”
The BSA Bantam Trials motorcycle has a red frame, red and silver tank, wheels but no engine.
Mr Whitton has already had the expense of changing all his locks and used the van to cart his bikes to competition.
“Thieves just don’t realise the after effects. It puts so much strain on your life and causes a lot of grief,” said the self-employed engineer.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number 7005/13 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.