This is an update posted Monday morning. The original story is below.
A specialized tricycle stolen from a Keizer boy with developmental disabilities was recovered Friday night.
Lorinda Duncanson e-mailed reporters Saturday morning to inform them it was found behind Roth’s Fresh Markets in Keizer after a man on Sandy Drive saw it on a vacant lot on Kestral Drive.
“He told Keizer Police he noticed the tricycle abandoned earlier in the day, but didn’t think much about it,” said Keizer Police Sgt. Andrew Copeland.
The family was notified early Saturday morning.
The specialized tricycle belongs to Tairay Duncanson, a 14-year-old Keizer boy. He suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and other developmental disabilities that won’t allow him to ride a normal bicycle. His family expects he’ll never be able to drive a car either, and Lorinda said the tricked-out trike was allowing Tairay to get the confidence he had been lacking when he was younger.
The bike is in need of significant repairs, Lorinda said, with wheels bent and parts missing. But she thanked the news outlets who covered the story.
“We truly believe that Ty’s bike would not have been found if it had not been for the coverage you all gave,” Lorinda said.
She’s checking into the cost of repairs. His two sisters’ bikes, also stolen from the family’s backyard shed in the same incident, have not been found.
Anyone who would like to help the family with replacement and repair costs can donate to The Duncanson Kids at any Wells Fargo bank.
By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
A Keizer family hopes a thief will show them some compassion.
A unique three-wheeled bicycle custom-built by a former bike shop in town for a child with Asperger Syndrome and other developmental disabilities was stolen from the home of Lorinda and Corey Duncanson, along with his siblings’ bicycles.
Replacing the other childrens’ bikes, while annoying and costly, isn’t what has the Duncansons concerned. It’s the custom bike – and the confidence young Tairay was just beginning to gain from riding it – they’d like to have back.
The bicycle was built for Tairay because his disabilities prevent him from safely riding a two-wheeled bike, Lorinda said. Keizer Bike, which has since closed, built the bicycle.
“This was an answered prayer for us as these bikes are very expensive and not something we could do on our own,” Lorinda said.
They customized it with flames, a horn and Chopper emblem for Tairay, who was skeptical of what his friends and neighbors might think of his three-wheeled cycle while other kids his age were riding two-wheelers.
“Through belief and seeing his siblings and some neighborhood friends gaining independence over the last year, he has ridden it more so he could show he can handle the
street rules for riding bikes and join his siblings on rides to the store,” Lorinda said.
But last week, someone broke into a shed behind their house and took all three. Lorinda said whoever took them “went to great lengths” because both the shed and the individual bicycles had locks.
His disabilities will never allow Tairay to drive a car, Lorinda said, and “learning the trade of riding his bike and the rules that go with it are very important.
“Taking these bikes has left our children without a bike and Ty no way to gain confidence in getting around,” Lorinda said. “He was finally in a place that it mattered to him and he was trying.
“It saddens my heart that some are choosing to steal from others … they obviously do not think about how taking things from others affects them and their lives.”
Donations can be made to The Duncanson Kids at any Wells Fargo bank.