Two bicycles, which are means of transportation for two local people served by CIP (Community Involvement Programs), were stolen from a shed outside the North Court Avenue apartments in Sandstone sometime after Sunday night at approximately 9:00 p.m.
The first bike, owned by Scott (a resident of the apartment), was a blue Schwinn 22 speed. The bike had the owner’s name written on a plate under the seat. The other bike is a brown women’s bike with a bike rack on the back and a larger black seat. The bikes were stored in a shed managed by the apartment building. Only the residents of the building know the combination to the lock, according to Brenda Wellnitz, a direct support professional of CIP.
It is unclear if the shed was left open Sunday night or if someone from the apartment complex went inside the shed and stole the bicycles.
The two residents rely on the bicycles for their independence and will now have to walk to their destinations or call public transportation.
“I spent my income tax money on the bike, and it makes me mad. No one has ever took my bike before,” said Scott. Wellnitz said that he spent his tax return money on the bike and was generous enough to give away his old bike to a friend.
“I took it to church yesterday,” said Karen, owner of the second stolen bicycle and a resident of the apartment building. “My family wasn’t too happy when they heard about it.”
Please call the Pine County Sheriff’s Office if you know where the bikes may be or with any other information. The number is 320-629-8380 or (toll free) 800-450-3930.