Have you seen it? Resident’s special needs handcycle stolen

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Have you seen it? Resident's special needs handcycle stolen

A Richmond paraplegic’s special needs handcycle was stolen from his porch over the weekend, and an effort is underway to either recover the expensive bike or raise funds for a new one.

The Lasher Sports handcycle was parked outside the front door of the resident’s condo in Marina Bay and it was double locked, according to the report. Sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, a thief or thieves managed to break the locks and steal the handcycle, worth $10,000.

A neighbor launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for a new handcycle and notified the Standard in the hope that anyone who finds the hancycle will return it. The theft has been reported to police.

“My boyfriend is a passionate mountain biker. He is also paralyzed,” the victim’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Ramos, said in a notice posted to the GoFundMe account. “This specialized bike grants him the ability to do what he loves regardless of his disability. This is a devastating loss.”

Her neighbor, Adriana, added, “His girlfriend said it took a village to purchase the bike.” 

“For those in the community who would like to contribute,” Adriana said, “We are asking not only for contributions to replace the bike but also for prayers for the thieves who have to resort to taking what does not belong to them. May their hearts be filled with remorse and new beginnings.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. I saw a group of about 5 Latino men in their mid-20’s on bicycles at the corner of Lincoln & 29th Street in Richmond. They were forming a circle around a guy on a handcycle. While doing my stop I saw that they were trying to figure out how to use it & I automatically thought it was stolen. They stared at me while driving by & one of them made a remark. They def looked suspicious.

    • Contact the police and let them know. Chances are they have been arrested before and they could show you arrest pictures in the area and you could point them out so they could have a lead to go off of and talk to those people.

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