Thieves take hundreds of bikes helmets meant for needy kids

first_imgThieves stole hundreds of bicycles and helmets promised to needy kids around Clark County Tuesday morning, according to charity organizer Waste Connections, which builds then distributes the items through its annual Scott Campbell Christmas Promise event.The stolen disassembled bikes and accompanying helmets were stored in a semitrailer parked behind the Walmart at 192nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard, said Cyndi Holloway of Waste Connections.Around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, thieves broke into the trailer and took about 200 of the 700 donated bikes and about half of the helmets, she said.Waste Connections’ charity arm bought the disassembled bikes and helmets through Walmart. Fortunately, Holloway said, Walmart told Waste Connections it will replace the stolen items.The retailer is scrounging for more bicycles and helmets, she said, but finding that number of bicycles, many of which are meant for small children, is difficult during the Christmas shopping season. The Vancouver Police Department is investigating the thefts, she added.last_img

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