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Cyclist pays it forward with donation

Steve Austin presents a cheque for $2,500 to Cpl. Alanna Dunlop, Cops for Cancer rider Const. Victoria Boechler and Supt. Dave Fleugel. - Contributed
Steve Austin presents a cheque for $2,500 to Cpl. Alanna Dunlop, Cops for Cancer rider Const. Victoria Boechler and Supt. Dave Fleugel.
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A Maple Ridge man made a generous donations to the Cops for Cancer charity Friday after RCMP found two valuable mountain bikes that were stolen from him earlier in the week.

Valued at $13,000, the bikes were taken from a storage locker sometime before Feb. 11.

Cpl. Alana Dunlop said investigators went to work immediately and distributed photographs of the stolen bikes to Ridge Meadows RCMP officers.

An officer with the Street Enforcement Unit found one of the bikes at a Surrey pawn shop.  A few hours later, the second bike was found after a RCMP officer saw it on a bike rack of a car in Pitt Meadows.

A third bicycle from a separate investigation was tracked down after someone spotted it on a balcony of an apartment building.

"Police want to applaud the owners of these bikes," said Dunlop."Both did a great job in recording serial numbers and taking pictures of their property. I want to encourage all citizens to take note and record serial numbers and take photos of valuable property.”

Relieved to have his bikes back, the grateful owner presented Ridge Meadows RCMP with a cheque of $2,500. The money will be donated to Const. Victoria Boechler, who is riding with Cops for Cancer's Tour De Coast, an annual event which raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

The donation was even more poignant as the man found out his father had been diagnosed with cancer a day after he pledged to help Cops for Cancer.

"Ridge Meadows RCMP truly appreciates his dedication in following through with his promise to donate to this worthwhile cause," said Dunlop.

• You too can help Const. Boechler reach her fundraising goal of $6,000 by visiting cancer.ca

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