It’s not often you hear about the theft of a three-wheeled bike. But on Monday, such a trike was taken in front of the Fred Meyer in East Bremerton — one belonging to a popular store employee who depends on it for getting to and from work.
For now, Pablo Lozano will have to take the bus to work.
“Disappointing,” is how he described the theft.
Others — and he has quite the following at the Fred Meyer and beyond — describe the theft more harshly, and are hoping to see justice in this case.
He was working his shift Monday when another employee informed him someone might be “messing” with his trike. He went out front to find it was gone.
This wasn’t just any trike. Lozano had it customized with a speaker, motor and lights. He suffered a stroke and meningitis when he was just five years old, so the bike’s brakes work through his left hand. He didn’t lock it up Monday — he rarely does, noting a community of good people who’ve never touched it since he started working there — and someone wandered off with it.
Since the theft, many tips have rolled in about its whereabouts. It may have been painted and taken to Port Orchard. In any event, if you have any information about the bike’s whereabouts, call 911. The county sheriffs’ case number is K16-004140.
Several efforts to get Lozano a new trike are underway. I’m keeping an eye on them, and will keep you posted if anyone is able come to Lozano’s aid.
UPDATE #1: Seattle E-Bike is outfitting Pablo with a new bike and are delivering it to him soon, Lozano told me. Here’s the story of how the delivery happened.
UPDATE #2: Strangely, another trike was stolen from a Bremerton home this week in the North Wycoff area (pictured). But it was found a few days later.