UPDATE: May 8, 2012, 3:00 p.m. - Boise Police are searching for the man who stole a specialized trike from in front of an east Boise apartment Sunday afternoon. The recumbant bike, the sole source of transportation for it's owner, a young man with special needs, was locked up in front of the victim's home when it was taken.
An arrest warrant has been issued for:
Suspect: Todd William Smisek, 31, Boise
Charge: Grand Theft (F), $50,000 bond
Officers say it was tips to Crime Stoppers, citizen tips called into police dispatch and officers working together to follow tips and create leads that led them to find the missing bike and name the suspect.
First Find: The main frame of the trike was found Monday afternoon stashed in some bushes near the intersection of N. 13th and W. Main Streets downtown. A citizen recognized the bike as the one reported missing from local news reports and called it into dispatch. That citizen stayed with the bike until officers arrived. The trike was missing several pieces including it's wheels and tires.
Second Find: Officers found the wheels and tires of the bike later Monday evening discarded in a dumpster in a neighborhood on the Central Bench.
Donated Parts: The investigating officer called the trike's manufacturer, Inspired Cycle Engineering located in the UK and told a company represetative the story of the theft, the victiim and the condition the trike was found in. A company representative has offered to replace the missing parts at no charge. Officer Kip Paporello has also found a local bike mechanic, Dave Seamons of Boise Bike Wrench, whose agreed to do the repair work at no charge. The Boise Police Union has offered to pay for additional extras that may be needed like a light set and to replace a broken mirror. The goal is to return the specialized trike to it's owner in like-new condition as soon as possible.
Thanks to Citizen Offers for Help: Numerous citizens have contacted the Boise Police Department through the department's Facebook page and offered to contribute or donate cash to help repair the stolen trike.
"I'm just happy it's found. It was thanks to citizens help and a real team effort among officers that we were able to find this young man's bike," said Officer Paporello. "He does have some special needs and I think that's what caught the community's attention and resulted in the tips we needed."
"This bike would be no good to the owner in pieces. I've been a cyclist myself for many years and I know the importance of having a bike in good condition so it works properly. With this bike being this young man's only mode of transportation, I'm confident we are going to be able to make this right and get his his bike back to him in even better condition than before."
When the bike is returned, officers also plan to work with the victim and explore other options for extra security for the specialized trike.
UPDATE: Officers Find Stolen Trike in Pieces. Investigation continues.
UPDATE: May 7, 9:05 p.m. - Boise Police have recovered most of the specialized trike, or recumbent bike stolen from a young man with special needs yesterday. At this time, several pieces of the Trice "T" three-wheeled recumbent bike appear to be missing, officers estimate approx. $100 - $200 worth of equipment.
The trike was found in pieces in at least two separate locations, the first find was late this afternoon, the second, just a short time ago.
Officers would very much like to thank those citizens and local media who helped spread the word about the missing specialized cycle. At this time, the investigation is still very active. More information will be released as soon as it's available.
Boise, May 6, 2012, 10:45 p.m. - Boise Police officers are asking citizen's help to find a unique three-wheeled trike stolen Sunday afternoon. The trike's owner is a young man with special needs. The trike is the only mode of transportation the victim is able to use.
The theft reportedly occurred about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6th. The victim tells officers the trike was locked up at his residence, an apartment in the area ofE. Boise Ave. andS. Geckler Ln. The trike was covered and locked to a fairly large tree just feet from the victim's front door. However, the suspect was able to get the trike free and take it.
Trike Description: The stolen trike is called a Trice "T", manufactured by Inspired Cycle Engineering. It's a three-wheel, 27 speed recumbent trike with a mesh seat. The trike is primarily blue with red and grey accent. It's equipped with two side view mirrors and disk brakes. The trike is valued at more than $3,500 and looks very similar to the model pictured here.
Call Crime Stoppers: Anyone with information on where the trike might be is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.