The single mother of an eight-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome is asking Victoria residents to keep their eyes peeled for a specialist bike trailer that has been ripped from her parking garage.
Kerry Vandendriessche says that the very big Wike Special Needs Bike Trailer was robbed sometime after leaving his Gorge Road apartment block on Tuesday morning, despite being locked with a one-inch-thick braided metal cable and a braided U-lock.
She bought the $1,200 trailer for her son Louis, who can’t ride a bike on his own.
Victoria Police have been alerted to the theft and are asking anyone who sees the bike trailer to call.
The stolen trailer was “devastating” for Louis and the rest of the family, Vandendriessche said.
“It’s something that as a mother fleeing an abusive marriage, I don’t have the capacity to be able to replace that financially,” she said.
The mother threw a GoFundMe trying to replace the single trailer as well as the locks, which will cost another $200-$300 to replace.
“I don’t like begging for money, it’s a very vulnerable feeling and it hurts your pride to ask for help,” she admitted.
However, if the caravan is found, Vandendriessche said she would donate all the money raised to the Victoria Women’s Transition House “since they helped us when we first moved to town”.
Police are asking anyone who sees the trailer or has information about the theft to call them at 250-995-7654 ext 1.
If you see this bike trailer or have information about it, please call (250) 995-7654 ext 1 for the reports office. Help us get this family back on the bike path! #yyj #yyjbike https://t.co/PX2c7iMYcu
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) May 3, 2022
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