Sarasota Police Locate Stolen Bicycle from Paratriathlon Athlete

SARASOTA, FL. -- October 19, 2017 -- 10:30 a.m.

Officers with the Sarasota Police Department have recovered a bicycle that was stolen from a visually impaired paratriathlon athlete on October 10, 2017.  Two photos are attached.

The stolen bicycle, which appears to be in good condition, was located by a citizen in the 2400 block of 17th Street, Sarasota, on Wednesday afternoon.  The citizen found the bicycle and called Sarasota Police after he saw the post on the Sarasota Police Department Facebook page earlier this week.

Sarasota Police officers are working to contact the victim, who is back home in Chile, and make arrangements to return the bicycle to him.  Thank you to everyone who helped share the photo and get the word out!

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SARASOTA, FL. – October 16, 2017   – 10 a.m.

Investigators with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a bicycle that was stolen from a visually impaired paratriathlon athlete on October 10, 2017.

The victim reported that sometime between 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on October 10, 2017, his white with red stripe tandem Cannondale racing bicycle was stolen from in front of his room at the Quality Inn, 4800 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  The bicycle was not locked during the time in question.  The bicycle is valued at $8,000.  A photo of a similar looking bicycle is attached.  This is not a photo of the actual bicycle that was stolen.

The victim is from Chile and was town for the Sarasota / Bradenton World Cup paratriathlon that was held on October 8, 2017 on Bradenton Beach.  The victim is visually impaired and uses a guide while racing.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call Civilian Investigator Jeffrey Birdwell at 941-954-7070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers of Sarasota by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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This is a photo of a similar looking bicycle.  This is not a photo of the actual bicycle that was stolen.  

This is a photo of a similar looking bicycle.  This is not a photo of the actual bicycle that was stolen.