Thieves broke into the garden of an Aberdeen watersports enthusiast and stole his kayak.
Piotr Wisthal lives on Fenerty Place, Tillydrone, which is the ideal location for him to take out his kayak into the back garden and out into the River Don for an enjoyable paddle.
However, Mr Wisthal, 32, went into his garden last week and discovered his beloved vessel had been swiped.
Now police are investigating the theft and Mr Wisthal is appealing for anyone with information about his missing kayak.
“The kayak is quite long in length, it measures about two metres, so it’s too long to store in the shed,” said Mr Wisthal, who is a senior consultant at Hutcheon Mearns accounting and financial consultants in Aberdeen.
He added: “I had left it in the back garden. When I went into the garden last week, I noticed it wasn’t there and thought it must have been stolen.
“The theft must have taken place between July 23 and August 3, when I was away.
“I only noticed more recently that it was gone.
“I was thinking that it wasn’t there when I returned from being away because I cut the grass the day after I got back. I just didn’t notice at the time that the kayak was missing.”
The kayak is bright yellow with red flames down the centre and has its brand name, Dagger, written on the side.
It is worth more than £400.
“My back garden faces on to the River Don,” said Mr Wisthal, who is originally from the town of Kety in the south of Poland.
He added: “I keep the kayak in the garden against a fence and it has always been fine before.
“It was probably done at night because it’s so heavy that, if someone were to do it in the daytime, it would look too obvious. You would need two people to lift it.
“If anyone has seen anything or knows where the kayak might be, please report it to the police.”
A description of the kayak has been shared with kayak clubs across the north-east in case members spot it.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said anyone with information should call 101.