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Thief takes bikes from injured veterans' cycling charity

$37,000 of kit stolen before big ride

Police in Philadelphia have arrested a man who stole thousands of pounds worth of bikes and parts from disabled athletes taking part in a charity event.

Roy Bowman, 48, was arrested and charged with theft and receiving stolen property after loading stolen goods into a rental truck in the car park of the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel.

The parts, belonging to the Wounded Warrior Project, who run rides allowing wounded service members and veterans to use cycling to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds.

The driver of the truck told police it was stolen. The theft occurred hours before the project's annual Soldier Ride in Philadelphia, and organisers said $37,000 of equipment was taken.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit received information reporting that the stolen bikes and parts were inside a garage in a home on the 4100 block of Sterling Street in Philadelphia and that the man who lived at the home drove a silver Chevy Trailblazer.

Later that day, investigators went to the home and observed the Trailblazer pulling up to the back of the property. They then spotted someone removing a dark-colored Trek racing bicycle from the rear of the Chevy and placing it in the back of the property, according to NBC.

Bowman was arrested and police recovered four of the stolen Wounded Warrior bicycles, equipment and parts valued at $8,000.


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dmc | 7 years ago

The Wounded Warrior project will be taking part in Soldier ride uk next month, it's a joint project where injured soldiers from Blesma ( British limbless veterans charity) and wwp get together and creat bonds and recovery through cycling. It's a 7 day ride starting in Winchester and ending in London. Taking in various routes across the land. All participants have various injuries from ptsd to amputations and ride anything from hand cycles to road if your stuck behind a group of slow moving veterans give them a wave they'd appreciate it .


Yorkshire wallet | 7 years ago

Hopefully Roy Bowman will get to meet Big Zeke in the showers. 

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