Family Looking For Brother's Stolen Trike

Published On: Sep 09 2011 12:13:29 PM PDT   Updated On: Jun 15 2011 12:43:04 AM PDT

Police in Spokane Valley are looking for the thief who stole a recumbent tricycle from a developmentally disabled man Monday morning near the intersection of Main and Bessie.

Heidi Miner is on a mission. Whenever she's not at work, she's cruising Spokane Valley neighborhoods looking for her younger brother's tricycle.

"We've checked all up and down these streets and I looked on the streets on the other side of Vista," Miner said.

Someone stole it between late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

"Well my step dad noticed it was gone, because we're all up that early and so was getting Christopher ready to go back to his house and we noticed it wasn't there," she said.

Unfortunately the trike was the pride and joy of 26-year-old Christopher Miner. There are not a lot of high motor skills that Christopher can do, but riding around on this tricycle, that you steer by shifting your weight, was one of them.

"Well he can't drive. Walking he's only good for short distances. So it's pretty much his only means of locomotion," Miner said.

Christopher has had the trike for 15 years now and sometimes drags a red wagon around behind him. Everybody in his neighborhood knows Christopher from his regular trips up and down the street so it's especially troubling to his family that the thieves probably knew they were stealing away this young man's best chance at freedom and independence.

"Well, 'cause he doesn't have anything else to ride or do. He's kind of stuck in the house a lot , just watches TV, so I mean it's his one piece of joy that he gets," Miner said.

Christopher's trike was last painted lime green, has white rims on all three tires and may still have a makeshift license plate made out of plywood. The trike may have been taken on a joyride out of here or might have been hauled away, possibly in a white colored pickup.

If you've seen it, you're asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.