Thief seen stealing amputee Army veteran’s bicycle from his home on camera

A Kansas veteran who was training for a Wounded Warrior Project bike ride awoke Tuesday morning to find his three-wheel bicycle stolen.

According to KWCH, disabled Army veteran Brian Wilhite said that the recumbent bike was stolen off of his porch in Wichita at around 2:00 Tuesday morning.

“It had a really good bicycle lock and chain on it, I’ve got a security camera,” Wilhite said.

After going through security footage, Wilhite found footage of someone walking by his house.

“The individual came across my yard and avoided my camera and clipped the lock and cable and dragged it out,” Wilhite said as he described what was happening on the video.

In the low-resolution security footage, the thief carefully walked out of the camera’s field of view, cutting the bike loose and only exposing himself for a few seconds as he left with the stolen goods.

The bike -which cost Wilhite around $2000- comes at more of an emotional than financial loss, as he was planning to use it on a Wounded Warrior ride.

“Anger. I was crushed,” Wilhite explained. “I had a Wounded Warrior flag on the bicycle itself and for somebody to just take that was really sad to me. That meant the world to me. I was really not just looking forward to it, it’s therapy.”

Wilhite hopes someone will notice the bike and report it, though he says he won’t press charges if the bike is returned.

“Please return it,” Wilhite said. “If you return it, I won’t press charges. I just want my bike back. It’s more than just a bike.”

Wilhite’s bike is an orange and black TerraTrike 3-wheel Rambler.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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