Hamilton community helps man whose mobility tricycle was stolen

The man whose adult tricycle was stolen, say police, is thanking the community for an outpouring of support. A GoFundMe has raised over $2,500 for him to buy a new one.

GoFundMe raises over $2,500 for new trike

Hamilton police are still searching this blue tricycle, but say that the owner is reviewing his options for a replacement after receiving support from his community. (Hamilton Police Service)

Community members are coming together to help a Hamilton man after his tricycle, which he relied on to get around, was stolen. 

On Nov. 6, Hamilton police reached out to the public for help finding a blue Schwinn Meridian Adult Comfort Trike. Investigators said that it was taken from an underground garage at the Olympia Apartments on Charlton Avenue East.

The theft severely limited the man's mobility, as police said it was his "only mode of transportation."

But in the past couple days, police say, the man — Roberto Da Silva Ribeiro — has received "many generous offers to replace his trike" and wanted to "send his appreciation."

In a media release sent out by the police, Ribeiro expressed his gratitude for people's kindness. 

Const. Lorraine Edwards also explained that Riberio is non-verbal and speaks through a tablet.

"I would like to sincerely thank the community for the outpouring of support. It has been truly overwhelming and surprising," he said. "I think I'll be okay now."

Police say Ribeiro wants to recover his bike, but is reviewing his options for a replacement.  

A GoFundMe campaign set up by "The Olympia" — the name of the apartment where his trike went missing — has raised over its $2,500 goal to help him buy a new one.  

The organizers say the theft "devastated" the community and hope that they will see Ribeiro "on the road again." 

And while the bike has yet to be found, police are still investigating.

They say it was taken just after 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 28. Surveillance video shows a man waiting outside the apartment's garage for a chance to sneak in. When he followed a vehicle inside, police say, he cut off two bike locks and blocked the garage door sensors so that he could ride the trike back out. 

Police are asking anyone who sees the blue tricycle or has information that could help to call them at (905) 546-4725 or Crime Stoppers.