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Oberlin man with Down Syndrome has new custom bike stolen

Posted at 6:42 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 18:42:28-05

Tracy Ellis has worked for Lorenzo's Pizza in downtown Oberlin for 23 years.

Tracy, who has Down Syndrome, enjoys his independence thanks to his three-wheel bike. He was so excited about the bike when he first got it that he proudly took pictures with it.

His sister bought him the custom fit $600 bike when his ankles gave out, because it's easier for him to ride than to walk.

"It would be like someone stealing a wheel chair from someone," said Tracy’s mother, Patricia Scott-Ellis.

Patricia fought back tears as she described how his son’s bike was stolen.

"Just plain old sad," she said.

Believe it or not, someone stole Tracy's new bike while he was in church Sunday morning.

“He drives everywhere he needs to go, and I say drive, because we call it his car. His bicycle remained very very very important and so he got a new one," Patricia said.

When the new bike was stolen, it had a white basket and orange safety flag.

Tracy said he wants the person who stole his bike to get caught.

"Because it's a perfectly good bike and it shouldn't have been taken, especially in front of the church," Patricia said.

Don't worry - this story has a happy ending. 

The owner of Lorenzo's Pizza said he's buying Tracy a new bike!

Tracy said he's getting a lock for his new bike to make sure he doesn't have to go without it again.