It’s one thing to steal a bicycle, but there’s something extra low about stealing a handcycle from a paraplegic veteran.
That’s what happened earlier this month in Renton to Ernie Butler, the executive director of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s northwest chapter, according to the Renton Police Department.
When he came home Nov. 7, two of Butler’s three-wheeled handcycles had been stolen from his apartment garage: One a red Top End “Force R” model and the other a silver Freedom Ryder “lean steer” model.
Butler, a former Air Force pararescue specialist, was paralyzed beneath the waist in a 1995 mid-air accident. Since then, he’s used a handcycle to complete a 150-mile ride benefiting multiple sclerosis programs six times and a 205-mile ride from Seattle to Portland five times.
Anyone with information about the missing handcycles is asked to contact the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7529 and reference Case 12-12142.