Police identify suspect in tricycle theft

Police identify suspect in tricycle theft

Credit: Eric Turner/KTVB

Police identify suspect in tricycle theft

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 6:09 AM

BOISE -- Boise Police say they have identified a suspect in the theft of a specialized tricycle that was stolen from an east Boise apartment Sunday afternoon.

The recumbent trike belongs to Brian Gorman, a man with special needs. It was his sole source of transportation and stolen from his home after being locked to a tree.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 31-year-old Todd William Smisek of Boise.  He is charged with felony grand theft.  Bond has been set at $50,000.  Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call 343-COPS.

Officers received numerous tips about the theft to Crime Stoppers.  After following up on tips and leads, police were able to identify Smisek as a suspect and find the missing bike.

The main frame of the trike was found Monday afternoon in some bushes near the intersection of N. 13th and W. Main streets in downtown Boise.  A citizen recognized the bike as the one reported missing from local news reports and called dispatch.  The bike was missing several pieces including its wheels and tires.

Later Monday evening officers found the wheels and tires of the trike in a dumpster in a neighborhood on the Central Bench.

Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower says the bike is no use to Gorman right now since it was taken apart.

However, Boise Police were able to get in touch with the manufacturer of the bike, which is in the United Kingdom.  The company says they plan to donate the missing parts to put it back together.

"Obviously we sympathize with this sort of situation.  It's really sad when somebody loses their main form of transportation and something they really like as well, so it feels good to be able to help out," said Neil Selwood, Director, Inspired Cycle Engineering.

A local bike mechanic, Dave Seamons of Boise Bike Wrench, has agreed to do the repair work at no charge. The Boise Police Union has offered to pay for extras like a light set and to replace a broken mirror.  They say the goal is to put the trike back to like-new condition as soon as possible.

"It's just kind of crazy that people would do that, I wouldn't expect it but I'm not too surprised cause Boise is a pretty tight-knit community, but if it was in a bigger city I don't think that would happen,"  said Gorman.

Since this story first aired, many people have reached out to police and KTVB offering to help.

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