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Edmonton police looking for custom tricycle designed for man with cerebral palsy

Police are looking for a stolen, custom tricycle that belongs to Kenneth Thomas, pictured here with his brother in law Philip Haug.
Police are looking for a stolen, custom tricycle that belongs to Kenneth Thomas, pictured here with his brother in law Philip Haug. Supplied: Edmonton Police Service

Edmonton police are looking for tips on the whereabouts of a custom tricycle that was designed to help a man with cerebral palsy compete in marathons.

Police said the bike was stolen from an underground parking garage in the area of 93 Street and 101 Avenue between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Sept. 4.

The bike’s owner, Kenneth Thomas, reported the theft on Sept. 17.

“It’s quite a valuable piece of machinery,” Edmonton police spokesperson Scott Pattison said. “It’s valued at $5,600.”

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Police said the bike allows the 68-year-old to maintain an active lifestyle.

“We’d really like to find that for him. It’s a critical recreational tool for Mr. Thomas,” Pattison said.

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“He’s actually quite the athlete. He’s used it in marathons around the city.”

The tricycle was stored in a storage locker, though police didn’t specify whether it was locked.

In the surveillance photo released by police, two suspects can be seen with what appears to be both the customized bike and another bike in a parking garage.

Supplied: Edmonton Police Service
Supplied: Edmonton Police Service. Supplied: Edmonton Police Service

Police didn’t provide a description of the suspects, but Pattison asked Edmontonians to keep an eye out in person and online for the bike. He also appealed directly to those who took the bike.

“It’s not just an asset to pawn, it’s somebody’s lifestyle. It’s somebody who otherwise doesn’t get around the city quite as… [easily] as you or I.”

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Thomas’ bike is asked to call police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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