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Special Bike Stolen In Willmar Found

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WILLMAR, Minn. (WCCO) — A special bike stolen in Willmar is back now where it belongs.

Brian Gort is a 37-year-old man with a mental disability. He loves going for bike rides, but can’t pedal or steer.

More than 30 years ago, his parents found a side-by-side three-wheel bike, and it has been part of Brian’s summer routine for all these years — until somebody stole it.

Brian lives in a group home in a Willmar neighborhood. When a staff member came out to take him for a bike ride on Monday, the bike was gone.

After his story was out, offers of help came pouring in.

Soon, however, Brian’s mother, Margaret, got a call from the Willmar police Tuesday afternoon, saying the bike had been found. Officers cleaned it up and delivered it back to Brian. His personal license plate was still on the basket.

“They found it in the southwest corner of town here, which is where this house is, so it didn’t go too far,” said Margaret. “Actually, a mail carrier found it in some weeds, and it was fine, the same way it was when they took it.”

They both want to thank everyone who offered to help.

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