(VicPD)

VicPD are seeking the public’s help in locating a young athlete’s mountain bike after it was stolen from a hotel in downtown Victoria on Friday.

Officers were called to a hotel in the 700-block of Douglas Street just before 9 p.m. on Friday after reports that a bicycle had been stolen from the from a locked storage area.

The bicycle belonged to a young competitive downhill mountain bike athlete, who was staying at the hotel for a competition, and it is worth roughly $10,000.

The bicycle is described as a 2017 black Devinci Spartan Carbon XL mountain bike with black and charcoal lettering on the frame, custom handle bars, a red “Spank” rear rim, Rock-shox front suspension and “Schwalde” Big Barry tires.

To add insult to injury, the custom bike was stolen on the young athlete’s birthday.

The suspect was caught on surveillance video, and is described as a Caucasian man, aged between 25 to 35-years old, standing 5’11” with a medium build.

He has short brown hair with a receding hairline that is thinning on top. He was wearing a blue jacket, black pants and black shoes and was carrying a black bag at the time of the theft.

VicPD have released a photo of the suspect:

Anyone who recognizes the bicycle or the suspect is asked to call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654.

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