Vietnamese vet’s only means of transportation, an electric bicycle, stolen

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – A Vietnam veteran who just moved to Colorado in April is asking for the community’s help in locating his stolen e-bike.

“Went to Walmart to buy a few things and drive around the area. I walked out of Walmart after being there for an hour and the bike was gone,” said Lyle Minard, who said the theft took place on Sunday.

Minard said he locked the bike to the bike rack outside Walmart near Wadsworth Boulevard and Colfax Avenue in Lakewood. He said he walked into the store around 9:30 a.m. and walked out an hour later to find the bike gone.

“It’s a new bike. I’ve only had it for about two weeks,” Minard said.

The electric bike “my only way to get around town”, says the veterinarian

The e-bike, which he bought at Costco for $350, is described as all black with 14-inch tires on it. He said the front part of the bike also folds up, making it easy to store.

Minard moved into an assisted living facility in the area just a month ago. He said the bike was what kept him from being isolated and gave him the freedom to get around town.

“It’s my only way to get around town. I mean, I had to walk back from here to the center, but it’s a strenuous walk,” said Minard, who uses a cane to get around.

Minard, who is not computer savvy, said he called Lakewood police to report the theft. He said he was told on the phone that he had to file the report online. Minard said he called his daughter for help. She told FOX31 and Channel 2 that she felt her father was being discriminated against because of his age.

“I’m not good at computers. I have never made a computer. I use a Trac phone, so all I do is make phone calls,” Minard said.

After her daughter, Melanie Kirkham, contacted Lakewood police, she said they finally took the report over the phone.

“They called me back yesterday to make the report by phone. That’s the last I heard from,” Minard said.

Have you seen his e-bike?

FOX31 has contacted Lakewood police, who said they have not yet received video from Walmart, but are currently investigating the matter.

They told us that people are encouraged to file police reports online or in person. But spokesman John Romero said, “Telephone filing can happen. It’s not always readily available. Often a family member will help you file your return online or here in person. We will always do whatever it takes to accommodate someone in filing a report.

Minard said he hopes whoever sees this story makes the right decision and returns their e-bike.

“I would just like to get the bike back. It’s going to take me a while to save some money to get another one,” Minard said.

Lakewood police said if people have any information, they are asked to call the dispatcher at (303) 980-7300 and reference the case information.

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