Bike stolen from amputee veteran found at park

Michelle Theriault Boots
Matt DeWitt of Weare, New Hampshire, lost a custom mountain bike built to accommodate two prosthetic arms when the Ride 2 Recovery van was broken into. Five mountain bikes were stolen from the Ride 2 Recovery group when they U-Haul van was broken into at the Anchorage Sheraton. Ride 2 Recovery aims to provide mental and physical rehabilitation for wounded veterans.
Marc Lester
Staff Sgt. Matt DeWitt's custom-made bike was among those stolen from a U-Haul parked outside of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel early Tuesday. The mountain bike was specially made to allow the double amputee to change gears with his legs and brake with his back.

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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