Board theft on CCTV

Profile image for North Devon Journal

By North Devon Journal | Thursday, October 11, 2012, 07:30

CCTV footage filmed at the bottom of Boutport Street in Barnstaple shows the moment two young boys fetched a woman who appears to be their mother to steal a skateboard.

Robin Courtnadge, a DJ and barman from Ilfracombe, said he was "gutted" to lose his prized board, and shocked to see it stolen in such a bizarre fashion on CCTV.

Robin, 35, had been preparing to host a party for a friend who was leaving his job at cocktail bar Shintori when the theft occurred.

He runs fortnightly open mic nights at the bar, and had parked his Citroen C-15 van outside while unloading it.

"To get the guitars out of the van, I had to take the skateboard out and just leaned it against the side of the van," he said

"But I forgot to put it back in and when I came back out it was gone.

"My first thought was I was a stupid fool for leaving it out there. It has huge sentimental value because I bought it from an old friend who didn't really want to part with it. To have been so careless with it is gutting."

The area is covered by CCTV cameras, so Robin asked to look at the tapes and see if the thief could be caught. When the footage was reviewed Robin could not believe what he saw.

The footage shows two young lads of about 8 get out of a car accompanied by an adult, approach the skateboard and examine it.

They leave the board by the van and disappear. They return minutes later with a woman who picks up the board and walks off with it tucked under her arm.

Robin is not angry about the theft, he just wants the 15-year-old, 47-inch long cruiser back.

"You won't find another like it," he said. The more angry you are with the people who nicked it, the less chance there is of getting it back.

"What concerns me is that to someone who doesn't know the value of the board it's just £20."

If you are the adult in the footage or have any information about the incident, call the police on 101 quoting reference CB12/3138.

Visit www.thisisnorth to see the CCTV video in full.



  • Profile image for trickyP1

    What a dreadful parent. Terrible lesson for her kids. When they end up locked away, I bet she doesn't take the blame for teaching them to steal.

    They ought to take the kids into care and give them a chance in life.

    By trickyP1 at 14:00 on 12/10/12

  • Profile image for Piltonlady

    Parents stealing for their kids? Pretty much sums up what's wrong in our society. I despair, but most of all I hope she's caught.

    By Piltonlady at 13:34 on 12/10/12

max 4000 characters

Latest Stories in Barnstaple


Local Vouchers

  • free cut & blow dry with a full head of foils with Lucy

    Passion 4 Hair & Beauty Ltd

    Book in for a full head of foils with senior stylist Lucy and receive your cut and blow dry for free (worth £28.50)

    Terms: Only available with senior stylist Lucy. Tuesday - Saturdays.

    Contact: 01271378622

    Valid until: Saturday, November 29 2014

  • Steak meal deal

    The Rolle Quay Inn

    2 steaks and a bottle of wine for just £21.50

    Terms: 2 steaks and a bottle of wine for just £21.50
    Fridays from 6pm to 8.30pm

    Contact: 01271441008

    Valid until: Wednesday, December 31 2014

  • HOT OFFER – Pentax K500 DSLR Just £349.99 at J&A Cameras

    J & A Cameras Ltd

    The amazing Pentax K500 Digital SLR with 18-55mm lens on offer for £349.99. Offering a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, full 1080p video, 6fps, optical viewfinder, and 2 year warranty.

    Terms: Come and have a play with the latest cameras from Pentax and others at High Street Bideford or Gammon Walk Barnstaple. Special price of £349.99 while stocks last. Usual RRP £449.99

    Contact: 01271447066

    Valid until: Wednesday, December 31 2014


Search for...

Min price is bigger than Max price
Min price is bigger than Max price
Min rent is bigger than Max rent