Thieves take more than 40 bikes to be donated to kids

Thieves in Nanaimo have stolen more than 40 bicycles destined for charities.

The bikes were taken from a warehouse in central Nanaimo between Oct. 5 and Oct. 8. Nanaimo RCMP said they are not revealing the exact location for security reasons.

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Officers investigating the incident found two exterior doors had been broken and their hinges removed. Due to the number of bikes taken, they believe that several trucks and people were involved.

The bikes were part of the Bikes for Kids initiative, which brings together the Nanaimo RCMP, Universal Mortgage Architects and local bike stores. The bikes are fixed up and given to deserving youth in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district and to those whose families are part of the Secret Santa program.

More than 100 bikes have been donated in the past two years.

Nanaimo RCMP ask anyone with information to call them at 250-754-2345. Reports can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

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