Trike stolen from autistic boy

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Caleb Cenek misses his trike in a way that words cannot express. When he noticed that it was stolen on Tuesday, the 12-year-old autistic boy became distraught.

“He’s pretty quiet. He doesn’t really say much. When he first saw, his lips started quivering like he was going to start crying,” said his mother, Andrea Palmer-Cenek.

The Mobo Triton three-wheeler is royal blue with caliper handbrakes, a water bottle holder and a distinctive flag on the back. It’s there to help others see him. He might not be able to see them first as he’s so low to the ground.

The unique trike is built to enhance hand-eye co-ordination while working to increase the rider’s arm and leg muscle strength. It also has a chainless drive and rear wheel steering.

He’s been riding the trike for two years already and his mom hoped that he still had a few years left with it. It has an adjustable frame that allows it to grow as he does.

“He’s got a gross motor delay so he can’t quite get the hang of balancing. This was the next best thing that we could find: get him out riding with the neighbourhood kids,” Palmer-Cenek said.

Unfortunately, the special design also made it so that he couldn’t keep it safe in the family’s yard on Lambert Crescent.

“It was in front of our house. Because of the wider tires, he has a hard time getting it through our gate into the backyard. He parks it up by our step. We went outside. We were going to go for a walk with the dogs. I said, ‘Why don’t you ride? Oh. Where is your bike?’”

So far, there have been no reports from neighbours or any witnesses in the area. While young Caleb is suffering in silence over the loss, Andrea Palmer-Cenek is outraged.

“There’s a lot of frustration, a lot of anger. When I posted it, I was in a flurry. My daughter told one of her friends who lives in Lacombe Park Estates. She said that a bunch of her friends had their bikes stolen too recently. There were a few people posting who said that they had it happen to them too recently,” Palmer-Cenek said.

She notified the RCMP and shared the news on Facebook on Wednesday. In response to the post, Bonnie Wood wrote, “Been happening all over! My husband’s was stolen from our garage, both my boys’ bikes were stolen from Keenooshayo, locked up over a weekend.”

According to the city’s Crime Map found at www.stalbert.ca/city/maps/rcmp-crime-map, there were two bicycles stolen in the city over the last 14 days, and both were in Lacombe Park.

Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700. Anonymous tips can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.

 

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