A bike theft filmed by a surveillance camera

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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — As the hot, windy weather makes its way to stay, bike rides will be the go-to activity for many neighborhood kids.

“It’s what they like to do when it’s hot – and it’s getting warmer now,” Tony Hodge said.

While Hodge’s children love to ride bikes, one of his sons is forced to take another ride after his bike is stolen from his driveway along Chestnut Street in Hurricane.

“He was devastated,” Hodge said.

The theft happened in broad daylight while Hodge’s family was away at an event Tuesday in Teays Valley.

The family didn’t notice anything missing when they got home that evening. However, the next morning they knew something was wrong and contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

It’s a theft that’s so much more than random bike theft – Hodge says it was actually his growing up.

“I mean, we can go buy him a new bike, and he would certainly be grateful and he would like that, but this particular bike has very sentimental value to him. We really hope that’s the one we get back,” he said. said Hodge.

The Putnam County Sheriff says the bike is valued at around $1,000.

The family say they went to local pawnshops to see if the bike could have been dropped off, but they were unlucky.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the bike can contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

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