Special Needs Child Has Custom Tricycle Stolen – Slidell PD Chief Has Message for the Thief

Slidell Police are asking the public for help in locating a custom tricycle, which was stolen from a 12-year-old girl with special needs.

Early Sunday morning (July 16), the victim’s father was preparing to take his family camping when he discovered someone had stolen his daughter’s custom tricycle from a storage unit, located at 1373 West Lindberg Drive. The tricycle was secured to the back of a trailer, and covered with a grey and silver tarp, which was also stolen.

The Amtryke (brand) tricycle, which was custom built specifically to the 12-year-old girl’s body dimensions, was red in color and had a small license plate with the name “Adara” adhered to the back of it. The value of the tricycle is estimated to be over $2,000.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal has a strong message to send, specifically to the person who stole the bike. Chief Fandal says, “I can’t stand a thief, but to the person who stole a special needs child’s bike, there’s a special place in hell for you. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you didn’t know this was a bike specifically made for a 12-year-old special needs girl. If you have a heart or a conscience, return it, if not, I can assure you we will find you.”

Slidell Police are asking anyone with information to call 985-646-6181, or contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


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