November 22, 2015 5:21 pm
Updated: November 22, 2015 11:59 pm

Police recover bike stolen from Vancouver man battling cancer

WATCH: Some very good news for a Vancouver man battling cancer who had his bicycle stolen earlier this week. As Jordan Armstrong reports, there was a happy reunion today thanks to the keen eye of a good Samaritan and the quick actions of the VPD.

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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.

According to Berry, “the trainers noticed [the thief] leaving near the back of the gym and made pursuit but he jumped on the bike and took off.”

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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.

“He pointed down the street, and [said] he saw a Global News story about a stolen bike with a gentleman that had cancer, and it was very important to get the bike back.”

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

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