Reporting Nina Moini
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Family members say the adult tricycle that was stolen from a man with autism has been found.
The tricycle, made by Worksman, was stolen Saturday night from a bus stop on Robert Street Saturday night, even though it was chained to the post of the bus bench.
The tricycle’s owner, Elliott Albright, doesn’t drive and relies on the tricycle to get him from his West St. Paul apartment to the nearest bus stop.
“I am walking a lot more and it’s hard because I have a limited mobility due to one of my legs having a limp, so it’s harder for me to get around – a lot harder to get around – without that,” Albright said.
The tricycle, which has a wide seat and a basket on the back, cost about $1,800. His family had received a grant from the county in order to pay for it.
On Tuesday morning, Albright’s father wrote to WCCO to inform that the story filed by Angela Davis on Monday generated a number of police tips. Some told police they’d seen others riding the tricycle.
Officers managed to locate the tricycle at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday near Clinton and Isabella Avenues in St. Paul. It had only “minimal damage,” according to Albright’s father.
Police returned the stolen tricycle to Albright, and the family said they “couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Because of the cost of the tricycle, police say felony theft charges may be pursued.