Bike stolen from amputee veteran found at park

mtheriault@adn.comJune 26, 2013 

A custom-made mountain bike belonging to a double-amputee war veteran visiting Alaska that was stolen Tuesday has now been found, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

Staff Sgt. Matt DeWitt's $19,000 mountain bike was taken from a locked U-Haul truck parked at the Sheraton Hotel in Anchorage sometime early Tuesday, according to police. The thief or thieves also stole four other high-end mountain bikes used by wounded veterans in the Ride 2 Recovery program.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday police received a call from a person who found a bike propped against a "No Parking" sign in Kincaid Park, said Dani Myren, a spokeswoman for the APD. It matched a description of one of the missing bikes publicized by Anchorage media outlets.

It was indeed the same bicycle, Myren said, a Dimondback with gear shifting and braking systems made especially for DeWitt.

The program's equipment director received a text message Wednesday morning saying the bike had been found and would be dropped off at the hotel, said Tiffini Skuce of Ride 2 Recovery, a nonprofit that takes wounded veterans on therapeutic biking trips. The group was in Seward for a day of fishing and biking Wednesday, she said.

The other four bikes are still missing:

• A custom "Stealth" Ride 2 Recovery bike

• A Raleigh Talus black bike with blue accents

• A Felt black carbon fiber bike

• A Canondale 29 white bike with black lettering

All the bikes have "Ride 2 Recovery" stickers on them, according to the APD. 

If you've seen any of the bikes call the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8900.


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