Agustina Mon and Marc Ellis say their son's scooter is
Thieves have been caught on camera jumping into the front
yard of former All Black Marc Ellis' home and stealing his
Ellis' wife, jewellery designer Agustina Mon, posted home
security footage of the burglary on her Facebook page on
The three-minute clip shows the faces of at least two of the
thieves, who took two bikes and a scooter - Christmas
presents for the couple's preschoolers Sofia and Tomas.
"If you could please share and help me find these despicable
little sh*ts I'd be very grateful. I'd love to catch them,"
Mon wrote alongside the clip.
Ellis told the Herald on Sunday he had found the bikes dumped
down the hill from their Westmere home but had still not
found his son's scooter.
Nothing else was taken.
"There is something wrong with the moral compass of people
who steal kids' bikes but I'm not sure this warrants a witch
hunt," Ellis said.
"To me it seems like they had a few too many beers and got up
to some high jinks. I just hope this isn't something they
make a habit of.
"Either I will catch up with them or karma will bite them on
the bum. They might have been in high spirits - had a bit too
much sherbert - but there is something wrong with stealing
Mon had reported the incident to police, which happened just
after 5am last Thursday, and handed on the camera footage. It
shows one of four boys sitting at a seat across the road and
another walking out with a scooter. Another walks past the
house carrying a road cone, then three come back.
One acts as a lookout on the street while the other two walk
in and out with the bikes - both of which have trainer
The three are then seen riding off down the road.
"We found the bikes down the road, these guys had taken them
for a joyride and dumped them at the bottom of the hill,"
"We haven't found the scooter, though, and that was my son's
Ellis said he hoped the theft was the result of teenagers
getting carried away but he was concerned because they were
carrying a large flashlight.
"That worries me a bit because, maybe they are doing this
often. Hopefully the police know them and that will be the
end of it.
"Whatever the case, they were pretty stupid because one of
them looked straight at the camera."