Thieves take off with double amputee's bike
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida man who lost both arms after an accident is asking for the crooks to return his bike.
When Hector Picard's wife told him their cars had been broken into overnight, he immediately thought about his prized possession. "I thought about my bike," said Picard. "When she went into the car to look for my bike, it was gone."
The bike is fitted for Picard who lost both arms in a work accident. The bike was taken from his car outside his home near Northeast 52nd Street and 17th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
"They were able to pull the bike that was strapped inside the car out through the back and dump stuff on the floor right over my prosthetic arms," said Picard. "But they were able to take the bike that I definitely need."
The bike thieves probably knew about Picard's condition, as his car is covered in motivational messages and images. "I'm riding my bike from Miami to Spokane, and I'm raising money for a prosthetic for a little boy," he said, as he choked back tears.
The cross-country charity ride is scheduled for June 8 called "Hands for Baby Jameson."
Picard hopes the thieves have a heart. He said, if the bike is returned or dropped off somewhere, he will not ask any questions. In case that doesn't happen, though, he still has his spirit. "I'm not going to let these jerks stop me, and I'll still do it," he said. "If I have to use my own bike and struggle a little more, but I'll get it done anyways."
If you would like to help Picard click here: http://dontstopliving.org/
If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
(Copyright 2013 by Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)