Thief steals custom-built tricycle built for special needs girl

Thief steals custom-built tricycle built for special needs girl
The tricycle is worth $2,000 and has a small license plate that says "Adara" on the back.
STOLEN: Tricycle for special needs girl. If you see it, call Slidell police. (Source: SPD)
STOLEN: Tricycle for special needs girl. If you see it, call Slidell police. (Source: SPD)

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Slidell police are asking the public for help in locating a custom tricycle, which was stolen from a 12-year-old girl with special needs on Sunday.

The victim's father was preparing to take his family camping when he discovered someone had stolen his daughter's custom tricycle from a storage unit, located in the 1300 block of West Lindberg Dr.

The tricycle was secured to the back of a trailer, and covered with a grey and silver tarp, which was also stolen.

The Amtryke brand tricycle was custom built specifically to the 12-year-old girl's body dimensions. It is red in color and had a small license plate with the name "Adara" adhered to the back of it.

The value of the tricycle is estimated to be over $2,000.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal has a strong message to send, specifically to the person who stole the bike. Chief Fandal says, "I can't stand a thief, but to the person who stole a special needs child's bike, there's a special place in hell for you," Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. "I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you didn't know this was a bike specifically made for a 12-year-old special needs girl. If you have a heart or a conscience, return it, if not, I can assure you we will find you."

Slidell Police are asking anyone with information to call 985-646-6181, or contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.