Disabled man searches for stolen bicycle

CIRCLE PINES, Minn. -- A search is underway for a bicycle that was stolen from a Circle Pines man who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Every Thursday Gary Ablieter bikes to Dunn Brothers in Circle Pines to enjoy coffee drinks that are priced half off. It was always his favorite day of the week until last Thursday.

"I was here at Dunn Brothers sitting by the window and I forgot to look, and somebody swiped my bike," Gary said, recalling the day his three-wheeled bicycle was stolen.

Gary's bicycle is special. He rides it every single day, because it's all he can do to get around. Gary suffered a traumatic brain injury that affected his ability to do almost everything when he was 5-years-old and was hit by a drunk driver while in a car with his uncle.

That bike was Gary's freedom.

"Yeah it's the best bike in town," Gary said.

In Circle Pines it's a little known fact: You see Gary, he's riding.

"He's been riding that bike or bikes like it for about 20 years, 25 years," said Keith Ableiter, Gary's father.

Gary's dad shared the sad story of the stolen three wheeled bicycle on Facebook this week, and its been shared more than 70 times.

But they don't want pity or cash for a new one, they just want the old bicycle back, no questions asked.


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