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Thieves steal donated bikes meant for kids

The bikes were to be donated to underprivileged kids in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) -- A band of thieves is behind a major heist -- stealing bikes and helmets meant for underprivileged children.

Vancouver police said it was around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning that the thieves broke into a trailer parked at the Walmart off SE 182nd and Mill Plain. They stole hundreds worth of donations for children. 

The bikes were meant to be gifted to kids ages 3-5 who would not otherwise have one. It's all part of the Scott Campbell Christmas Promise. He was with Waste Connections in Vancouver and ever since he passed away, the company has been keeping the tradition alive.

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One of the organizers told KOIN 6 News anywhere from 7-10 people in multiple vehicles were seen on video loading up the bikes and helmets.

A street sweeper eventually noticed what was happening and scared them off.

"You're doing it for the kids and you want them to have that feeling and it's unfortunate that it happens and you know at the end of the day, it's only a thing, but it's the feeling we want to give and to keep going for Scott," organizer Jason Fish said. 

Now volunteers are stepping up to keep Scott's Christmas promise alive. Donations are pouring in from as far away as Europe and Wednesday night, a trailer will be set up at Kiggins Theater to collect donations. 

In all, 700 bikes will be donated to kids who have been promised a bike. 

The group also needs volunteers to build bikes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SEH Inc. at 18110 SE 34th Street in Vancouver.

Bikes will be donate during a small parade in downtown Vancouver on December 12. 


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