A rare tandem bike made for children with special needs was returned to its 9-year-old owner Wednesday after it was stolen from an apartment complex near Fort Mason in May.
A woman found the BuddyBike in the common area of an apartment complex, did an Internet search with the brand name and saw police reports that one had been stolen from her neighborhood. Then, she called police.
Capt. Anna Brown returned the unique cruiser — with only three in San Francisco and 450 nationwide — to the girl at a news conference Wednesday.
However, the thief is still at large.
He was caught on tape, also stealing other bicycle parts such as tires from the complex early May 16, but since the $1,800 BuddyBike was stored in a dusty area, it made it impossible to trace fingerprints, police said.
“We definitely tried,” police Inspector Robert Lee said.
The two-seater is designed to let the child pedal in the front at a lower level while the person in the back steers with their arms