Local businesses restore stolen special needs bike

Ridge Meadows

2021-07-02 11:55 PDT

File # 2021-7630

Maple Ridge, B.C. – Ridge Meadows RCMP are applauding the efforts of two local businesses for their part in restoring some independence and mobility for a local autistic boy after police recovered his stolen bike.

(from left to right, Const. Adam Baboulas, Cpl Tana Goode, Bike owner Mohammed Ali, Boyd Autobody’s Darcy Howe, Cst Randall Priebe)

(from left to right, Cst. Adam Baboulas, Cpl. Tana Goode, Bike owner Mohammed Ali, Boyd Autobody’s Darcy Howe, Cst. Randall Priebe, not shown; Rob Laluk Pitt Meadows Cycle)

Back in April of this year, police received a report from Jenny Ali that her autistic son’s tricycle had been stolen from their backyard in the 12200 block area of Skillen street. The bike was made specifically for her son, Mohammed, and is his only means of exercise. Ali was able to provide police with a very accurate description of the bike, including a picture, which was provided to all Ridge Meadows RCMP members.

Two days later, Constable Adam Baboulas of the Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Uniformed Community Response Unit, was patrolling an area under the Golden Ears Bridge when he spotted two men in possession of bicycle parts matching the description of the stolen special needs tricycle. One man was arrested and the bike and its parts were brought back to the detachment where members tried to piece the bike back together.

Not having access to proper bike repair tools a call was made to Pitt Meadows Cycle and the shop’s owner, Rob Laluk, responded by asking the members to bring the bike in and they completed the repairs free of charge. Unfortunately, the paint had also been stripped and that is when Darcy Howe, Operations Manager at Boyd Autobody was contacted. Boyd Autobody also donated time and supplies to the cause and the bike ended up with a brand new paint job.

Last week, the bike was successfully returned to a very happy and excited Mohammed and his parents.

Because this family was able to provide such a good description of their stolen property it was very easy for me to identify the bike when I came across it in the community, states Constable Adam Baboulas. This is not the first time locals have helped out in this community and these businesses should be commended for bringing some joy to the Ali family. I know they were very thankful.

Released by
Sgt. Amanda Harnett
Ridge Meadows RCMP

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