Bike theft causing families distress

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Summertime is the perfect time to get out and enjoy a bike ride but one street in Terre Haute has been having problems keeping their bicycles safe.

Neighbors are reporting it’s hard to leave a bike outside without it getting taken… and even in the day light.

An average bicycle can cost anywhere from twenty dollars to over two hundred dollars. And the average kid probably wants one of those bikes.

But, it seems one particular street is having a tough time keeping those bikes.

James Michael says this summer a bike has come up missing almost right after it’s purchased. At least one of those including his son’s bike…who has now been without one all summer.

“I guarantee you, if that boy got a bike for his birthday, it would be his most priced possession. Until someone comes and takes it,” Michael said.

Neighbors say that in the last four months an upwards of 12 bikes have been taken from this street. Something they’ve never experienced before.

“It’s definitely this summer, I mean, its gotten nuts. We can’t leave them outside at all. They disappear as fast as the kids come in get a drink of water, go back and they’re gone,” says Michael.

Something that not only can put a damper on a kid’s summer fun but cause distress for a parent who only wants their kid to be happy.

“It’s costing us a lot of money. My son, you know, he wants to go out and ride bikes you know and I’m kind of limited on options because I don’t want it to come up missing if I get him a new one,” Michael said.

*Photojournalist: Gary Brian

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