GRAHAM, Wash. -- A Graham family is asking for the public’s help to track down the thieves who stole a paralyzed father’s only piece of freedom -- his hand-bike.
Nathan Mann said the crooks broke into his fenced-in yard on 50th Avenue East Friday afternoon. He went out to take his two kids for a bike ride around 1 p.m., and his hand-bike was gone when he returned.
Mann said he purchased the bike a year ago.
It was a means to gaining some independence after a mountain bike accident in 2016 left him paralyzed from the waist down.
“They had to have realized that it's not for an everyday person you know, and it's disgusting that somebody you know… I'm in a wheelchair,” said Mann. “I work hard for everything that I have, and I work even harder to do the things that other people do.”
He’d taken out a loan and liens on his cars to afford the $14,000 bike.
It was equipped with specialized modifications just for him.
It’s a black and green “Sport on Explorer” 3-hand cycle bike.
"This bike is so unique, even if it's painted a different color they'll be able to look at it and tell, since it was custom-made, that it didn't belong to the person," said Pierce County Sheriff's Det. Ed Troyer.
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If you have any information that can help find Natha's stolen bike, use the P3 Tips App on your smart phone to submit the information to Crime Stoppers, or call the hot line at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).