Bicycles stolen from special education class in Modesto

Nearly a dozen bicycles used by special education students at a Modesto elementary school were stolen over the weekend.

A janitor at Sherwood Elementary School on East Rumble Road noticed two locks had been cut on the campus early Monday morning, including one that protected the bicycles in storage.

The Modesto Bee reported that 11 of the students’ bicycles -- worth some $8,500 -- were stolen, including nine three-wheeled bikes and two specialty bikes for students with severe handicaps.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Darlene Pierson, the class teacher, told the Bee. “To have someone decide they needed them more than we did irritates me.”

The Sylvan School District purchased five of the bicycles, but Pierson and her husband bought the others since she began teaching the class 17 years ago, KCRA reported.



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