ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – A Pinellas County man had his tricycle stolen from downtown St. Petersburg.
Max Sterns has mild cerebral palsy and autism. He relied on the bike to get around.
“The bike meant a lot to me because it was basically my freedom. Without it, I can’t do anything. I can’t walk far,” said Max Sterns.
The theft occurred on Wednesday. Someone stole the bike from a bike rack outside the Hyatt in downtown St. Pete.
Max’s father Jeff said the bike had a lock.
“We ran a cable through the frame and one of the wheels and through the basket in the back,” said Jeff Sterns.
St. Pete Police said the family reported the theft to police. The officers are investigating the incident but have not yet found any video of the theft.
Max and his family have been at the hotel for almost two weeks.
“We had a new daughter [September 16]. She has a little feeding problem so she will have a procedure tomorrow so God can bring her home in the next week, “Jeff said.
The family lives in Palm Harbor but wanted to be close to the baby, who remains in intensive care.
Max said the bike was his main mode of transportation. He took it to St. Pete Pier so he wouldn’t have to stay in a hotel room all day.
“Just wow. My reaction is that I can’t believe it … someone from the city, considering how beautiful a city is … the way someone took it. I couldn’t believe it,” said Max.
“I wish you would roll it back onto the Hyatt. Knock on the window and run away and that would be it,” Jeff added.