TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The executive director of a housing development for families that adopt foster children says someone is stealing bicycles from the children.
Paul Halpern told The Tampa Tribune that eight bikes were stolen at Tampa’s New Life Village last week, bringing the total to 15 this year. He says in some cases, thieves used bolt cutters to snip the cables the secured the bikes to bicycle racks. Some of the bikes are new, but others were old and used. The thieves apparently used bolt cutters to snip the cables on the bike racks.
An 8-year-old boy’s bike was stolen last week from the front porch of his home. Mother, Antonia Robles said, “He’s really upset. He uses his bike everyday when he comes from school. Now he can’t do that.”
New Life Village is a gated community with 31 homes. Residents have either adopted or are in the process of adopting foster children.
Halpern is hoping someone will donate new or used bikes to replaces the stolen ones. They are for boys and girls ages 4 to 18.
Anyone wanting to donate bicycles, bicycle helmets or safety locks for the children at New Life Village can call Paul Halpern at (813) 304-0623.
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