A side-by-side adult tricycle stolen from Danville's Del Amigo Continuation High has been recovered by Danville police and returned to the school.
At a small ceremony early Thursday afternoon, a handful of students and instructors gathered in the high school's parking lot as Danville Police Chief Allan Shields officially returned the tricycle to the school.
"Nobody liked seeing this bike being stolen," Shields said. "So a lot of people stepped up. We had a lot out on social media, directing us where to go, pushing us towards Walnut Creek."
Over Thanksgiving break, town officials said, someone broke into Del Amigo High, located at 189 Del Amigo Road. They took the side-by-side adult tricycle used for the school's special needs program.
"These bikes are foundational to our program and delivering independence," said Amy Gillespie Oss, principal at Del Amigo. "One of the most heartbreaking parts of this was that when it was stolen, we had just bought it the week before."
After receiving tips tracking the trike to Walnut Creek, DPD reached out to police officers up there, who recalled having seen the tricycle, Shields said. Danville police officers were then able to recover the tricycle, which was found Wednesday in Walnut Creek near the South Main Street off-ramp from Interstate 680.
"I'll be frank with you, it wasn't really in good shape," Shields said. "They had removed the seats, they had completely changed the steering column on it."
They called Dave Dalton from local bike shop 6Fifteen Cyclery, who repaired the tricycle free of charge. Dalton was also present at the Thursday trike return at Del Amigo.
At this point, Shields said, DPD doesn't know who took the trike or why, but they are following up on a lead.
Gillespie Oss thanked Shields, Dalton and the community.
"When the students told us that it was missing, it was heartbreaking," she said. "They were devastated. So thank you both."