by Andrew Crisp
Just inside the entrance of the Lincoln Street parking garage at Boise State, Brian Gorman, a local man with special needs and a bike as his only form of transportation, had his three-wheeled ride returned to him today.
"We found just the frame from a tip," explained Boise Police Officer Kip Paporello to Gorman. "We found the rest of the wheels in a dumpster. We're still working to catch the guy, too. He's still out there, but we'll get him."
Paporello and Boise Bike Wrench mechanic Dave Seamons were on hand to return the bike to Gorman, who quickly took a triumphant ride down the sidewalk.
The customized recumbent bike—or trike—was valued at $3,000 when it was stolen from Gorman's apartment at East Boise Avenue and South Geckler Lane in early May. A subsequent media release from BPD had Boiseans on the lookout, with one tipster reporting the location of the trike to police.
However, the bike was in pieces. The skittish criminal, Paporello posited, destroyed the bike to make it easier to get rid of.
"Once they realized the public knew to look for it as well—stealing something very unique is not the best idea," said Paporello.
The UK manufacturer, Inspired Cycle Engineering, quickly sent out replacement parts free of charge, following a phone call made by Paporello. The Boise Police union donated money, while Seamons and his repair business donated time and additional parts. All told, repairs totaled around $1,000.
"New axles and brake assemblies for the wheels, two new chains, new derailleur cables, brake cables," said Seamons, "new headlight and taillight—those were the most expensive parts."
Officials remain on the lookout for the man wanted in relation to the theft, 31-year-old Todd William Smisek. If caught, he would be held on $50,000 bond.