Thieves steal 15 learner BMX bikes from club
Local BMX enthusiasts are at a loss, after 15 learner bikes were stolen from the Airdrie BMX headquarters in Fletcher Park in the early morning hours of Aug. 23.
The bikes – which were learner models aimed for the five to 10 age group – were stolen after the club’s two main doors were kicked down.
“This is the fourth time in two years we’ve been targeted,” said Kevin Kellin, president of Airdrie BMX. “(In the past) we’ve been vandalized and graffitited.”
According to Kellin, it’s a frustrating position to be in, because the club “is all about the kids.”
“We have racing twice a week and coaching programs available, but now when the kids come there might not be enough bikes for everyone,” he said.
Each BMX bike costs approximately $300 to $400, and Kellin estimates with the broken main doors and the stolen bikes, the total damage at $5,000 to $7,000.
The not-for-profit club purchases the bikes through donations made by residents and users of the club.
Security measures have been taken - $3,000 to raise the fence to 10 feet from eight feet, “but there isn’t much we can do about it, we’re backing up against the train tracks, so there is limited space,” he said.
Kellin admits they have a good idea of who the culprits are, but is asking the community’s help to apprehend the thieves, and report any information to the RCMP.
The volunteer-run organization was in St. Albert to take part in the Canadian National competition, when the club was broken into. (See related story on page 27).
Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 403-945-7200.