Waste Connections of Washington—a waste management company located in the state—said a group of seven to ten thieves broke into a trailer in Vancouver, Washington, housing 700 donated bikes, making off with about 200 bikes and half of the helmets at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
But when Cyndi Holloway, who works for Waste Connections, found out some of the bikes were stolen early Tuesday, she said she was devastated.
“Heartbreaking to be honest,” Waste Connections of Washington’s Cyndi Holloway told KPTV.
Vancouver Police said a street sweeper intercepted the thieves and got in touch with employees at the local Walmart near the trailer’s location.
The organization said it plans to recoup their losses by Christmas and is working with the local Walmart to obtain replacement bikes.