Bicycle stolen from visually-impaired paratriathlon athlete in Sarasota found

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Sarasota police found the bicycle that was stolen from a visually impaired paratriathlon athlete.

Police said the stolen bicycle, which appears to be in good condition, was located by a citizen in the 2400 block of 17th Street, Sarasota, on Wednesday afternoon.

The citizen found the bicycle and called Sarasota Police after he saw the post on Facebook earlier this week.

Investigators said the bike was taken between 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on October 10.

Sarasota Police officers are working to contact the victim, who is back home in Chile, to return the bicycle to him.

He was staying at the Quality Inn on North Tamiami Trail when his white with red stripe tandem Cannondale racing bicycle, similar to the one pictured above) was stolen. The bicycle was not locked during that time.

The bicycle is valued at $8,000.

The victim is from Chile and was in town for the Sarasota-Bradenton World Cup paratriathlon that was held on October 8 on Bradenton Beach. The victim is visually impaired and uses a guide while racing.

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