MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A St. Paul college student is searching for his stolen bike, but not just any bike.

Larry Ross, 20, who is studying to be a director of Christian outreach at Concordia College, was born without legs and depends on his new handcycle. He says it taken from his home overnight, near Snelling and Taylor Avenue across from Hamline University.

About three months ago, fate handed Larry something he’s never had in his 20 years — a bike.

He found a deal on Craigslist for what’s known as an Invacare XLT Handcycle — what he calls expensive medical equipment for those who don’t have use of their legs. It is valued at about $2,500.

“I was born without legs due to Goldenhar syndrome,” explained Ross.

Goldenhar syndrome is a birth defect. Ross said his wheelchair is “a lot less comfortable than the bike, a lot harder on my back, (and) a lot dirtier, to be honest.”

The bike has taken him more than 900 miles in a few months, but now Ross is back to his wheelchair when he said someone stole his freedom overnight.

“It always sits on the front step, and the front wheel gets chained up to the front post there,” said Ross, who says his cable lock must have been cut, late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

The bike was gone in a matter of minutes while Ross was inside. Now, Ross has filed a report with St. Paul Police and searched every block of his neighborhood. He has even put up flyers in many local businesses.

Whatever value the bike is to a thief, Ross can’t put a price on what once held his independence.

“It is my mode of transportation to be honest. I can get from here to Concordia campus in 12 minutes on the bike, where the wheelchair takes 30-35 minutes,” said Ross. “I just want the bike back to get back and forth to the places I need to go.”

Ross’ handcycle is blue with an orange flag and has three wheels. He provided a similar photo from the manufacturer’s website.

If you know anything about who may have taken it, call St. Paul Police.

Comments (14)
  1. Phil Mcackin says:

    How low can you go?

  2. jeff says:

    thieves really don’t do their homework when they steal. if they did they’d probably develop a conscience. try fencing that locally idiot!

  3. JamieinMN says:

    Gosh people are sick. REALLY?!?!!?!? Do the right thing, and bring it back to him. People like this amaze me. You can only blame their parents for the way they turned out though…..

  4. JKB says:

    Youre thoughtless, rude comment shows your intelligence level! You should be thank ful you arent dependent on a wheelchair.Be it a wheelchair or the special bike, none of it comes cheap, and in most cases takes months to save for on a limited income. This guy inst sitting home feeling sorry for himself, he is actively seeking to better his life. The bike gives him the freedom to do things you and I take for granted. I hope someone locates the bike and its returned.

  5. Julie says:

    I hope the criminal is found and the bike returned.
    This is horrible.

  6. just sayin says:

    In that neighborhood you know very well who stole it!


    I’d like to cut their legs off!

    1. Neighbor says:

      @Justsayin What do you mean by “In that neighborhood you know very well who stole it!”

      Why do you have to turn this story into an assault on the Midway, which is a diverse, middle class neighborhood filled with young families?

      Theft happens in all zip codes.

  7. ivan says:

    If they find whoever stole it he needs to spend a very long time in jail, what a lowlife thing to do.

    1. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

      Why aren’t thieves executed? Why is it acceptable to take the property of someone else and then just go to jail?

  8. me says:

    ….find the thief and shoot it…

  9. Elly Helcl says:

    They should ask for donations to buy this guy a new bike…I would totally donate money to get him a new bike.

  10. Handcyclist says:

    That sucks. Was it ever revovered. I recently got my first handcycle, and woiuld be devastated if it were stolen. I use it every day, and it is my only form of physical activity.

    If you never got yours back the guys at http://www.handcycle.net gave me a great deal.

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