Thieves steal custom made bicycle from legally blind man

Thieves steal custom made bicycle from legally blind man

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Thieves stole a bicycle custom-designed for a legally blind man outside of the Books-A-Million store in Oak Ridge Thursday. Thieves stole a bicycle custom-designed for a legally blind man outside of the Books-A-Million store in Oak Ridge Thursday.
Tim Collins suffers from macular degeneration. He can't get a driver's license, so losing this bicycle means he's losing some of his independence. Tim Collins suffers from macular degeneration. He can't get a driver's license, so losing this bicycle means he's losing some of his independence.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Thieves stole a bicycle custom-designed for a legally blind man outside of the Books-A-Million store in Oak Ridge Thursday.

Tim Collins suffers from macular degeneration. He can't get a driver's license, so losing this bicycle means he's losing some of his independence.

Oak Ridge Police are investigating the case and Collins says they have dusted his helmet and flag, which were left behind, for fingerprints. This one-of-a-kind bicycle is valued at $1,800 and Collins cannot afford to replace it.

"It'll be a hard one to come back from. It's not often you can find someone who will loan you enough to go buy an expensive bicycle that most people consider a toy. I consider it my general transportation," he added.

Collins says he has been forced to make changes to his routine and hopes the people who stole his bicycle hear his plea.

"Trying my best to try not to be mad or upset with the person. I would just like it returned," said Collins.

Anyone is information is asked to call Oak Ridge Police, their number is (865)425-3504.

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