Bike ridden thousands of miles for charity stolen

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A Valley woman says whoever stole her beloved Cannondale bike Sunday took more than just a bicycle from her.

Alicia Bell has logged a lot of miles on her bike including the 2006 Continental Pedal, which spanned the U.S. and beyond. Part of that event she rode tandem with a blind woman.

"With Juanita I did 4,000 miles approximately and then I did about 7,000 total in six months," Bell said.

The 62-year-old, who lives in Phoenix, says all that cycling was for adventure and a good chunk was for charity. 

"It was for National Federation of the Blind, Doctors Without Borders and there were two cycling groups that we rode for also," she said.

A lot of miles and a lot of memories, all made on this one bike but yesterday, Bell said she came home to find all of that was stolen from her.

"The first thing I did was take the dogs out the back door and when I walked out my bikes were gone and I looked at that empty spot and I went oh no, please no," said Bell.

She told 3TV she had two bikes chained together in her screened in patio.

Bell believes someone climbed over her backyard fence and went straight for them.

"There's always a lot of people sitting in the alley, because the train ends right here by my house so a lot of people just come in the alley and sit down in the grass," Bell said.

She filed a police report and is hoping someone will see the bikes and at the very least recognize the Cannondale.

She recently had it painted bright pink for breast cancer awareness month in honor of a family member who died from the disease.

"To pawn it or to sell it to somebody on the street they'd probably get $50 if they're lucky but for me, it's priceless," she said.

Replacing a bike like the one stolen is not cheap, on average these bikes run a couple thousand dollars.

Bell though is hoping it will not come to that. She's asking anyone with information to call police.