Special needs child's stolen custom-made tricycle returned to owner

Chris Miller
July 17, 2018 - 12:23 pm

A custom tricycle stolen from the family of a 12-year-old girl with special needs has been returned, mostly undamaged, Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal tells WWL First News.

The $2,000 Amtryke cycle, specially built for the girl, was stolen over the weekend, and prompted strong words from Fandal.

"I can’t stand a thief, but to the person who stole a special needs child’s bike, there’s a special place in hell for you," Fandal said yesterday.

Today, the chief said they're thrilled this will have a happy ending for the girl.

"We are extremely happy to have the bike returned," said Fandal. "Everything else is secondary at this point, but we will still be pushing forward with this investigation."

The tricycle is missing a flag and license plate, but is otherwise okay. Police say an anonymous individual who was not involved in the theft but apparently knew who the thief was managed to convince the culprit to surrender the trike. The investigation continues.

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