Personal trainer Adrian Berry is fighting for his life. The 53-year-old is battling Stage 4 cancer and part of his therapy includes riding his bicycle, but on Thursday it was stolen.
The army-green Surly Pugsly fat bike with extra-large tires, green rims and orange bars is the only one of its kind in western Canada. It was taken from an alcove behind his office near Cambie Street and West 8th Avenue.
Berry said he normally locked the bike, but with all the chemotherapy he is now undergoing he forgot to secure it this one time.
Surveillance video captured images of the thief. Vancouver police say they are aware of the case and admit that over the past four years, bike thefts have increased by more than 50 per cent.
Berry was hopeful the $3,500 bike would turn up. Thankfully, two day later, a Good Samaritan saw someone with the bike – and a police officer was nearby.
“A citizen was on the side of the road, and he started jumping up and down, waving me over,” said Cst. Jason Doucette.
Doucette returned the bike to an ecstatic Berry this morning.
“It looks great. Like I said, it’s my heart and soul,” said Berry.
“Thank you just seems not enough, but I just can’t say enough. It’s made a bigger difference than you can imagine.”
–With files from Catherine Urquhart