ENID, Okla. — The family of an Enid woman is asking for the return of the AmTryke stolen Monday from their mother's house.

According to a report made with Enid Police Department, the AmTryke was stolen sometime between 9 a.m. and 11:44 a.m. Monday from the porch of a residence in the 4200 block of Revere Road in the Country Club North addition.

The woman told police she believed she saw the AmTryke that morning and went into the backyard to do some yard work, according to the report. Later, when she went to the front of the house she saw the AmTryke was gone.

The victim's daughter, Rachel Tooman, said the AmTryke would be of little value to anyone but her mother. The AmTryke was built to her mom's specifications and physical needs due to Parkinson's disease. The AmTryke, a tricycle-like vehicle specifically created to allow people with mobility struggles to ride easier, was donated to the 65-year-old victim by AMBUCS.

"They spent a lot of time measuring her, having her sit on things, taking lots of measurements just to make sure it was to her exact specifications and exact ability," Tooman said. "Parkinson's is debilitating, and it's hard to ride normal bicycles. This is one of the few ways she can exercise. Exercise is very important to Parkinson's."

Tooman said the thief, or thieves, took more than an AmTryke from her mother.

"I think she was just shocked and just horrified. She’s very scared now in her neighborhood. She’s lived there for over 20 years," she said. "She’s also sad because that Tryke represents freedom to her. She used to have a really fancy French racing bike and she’d go really fast. Once the Parkinson's really set in, and took that away from her, she couldn't ride that anymore. Getting that Tryke gave that back to her — that sense of freedom.

"We just want to get it back," Tooman said. "That's all we want is to just get it back."

EPD Capt. Tim Jacobi said the police are investigating theft and asked anyone with information to contact the department. Anyone with information can report an anonymous tip with Garfield County Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, www.enid.org/departments/police or text to 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box.

Those submitting a tip could earn a reward up to $1,000 and will not be required to testify nor be identified.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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