Pedicab driver grateful his ride was recovered

Created: 03/04/2014 6:21 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A long-time pedicab tour guide in Albuquerque’s Old Town has his wheels back again – thanks to Eyewitness News 4 viewers and city cops who tracked the stolen bike’s journey across the Northeast Heights Monday afternoon.

Michael Whitney’s quadracycle pedicab suffered a few dings and dents during its adventure, but it seems to be running just fine, thank you.

“It feels absolutely wonderful,” said Michael Whitney, who has pedaled tourists around Old Town for 16 years. “I’m so happy. I want to thank the media for all their hard work in recovering my vehicle and the citizens of Albuquerque.”

Police said after KOB Eyewitness News 4 first aired the story of the stolen bike at noon on Monday, the calls started coming in. 2 p.m. – it was spotted at Louisiana and Indian School. 3 p.m. – Coronado Center. 4:50 p.m. – Wyoming and Constitution. 5:10 p.m. – Eubank and Constitution. 5:20 p.m. – Eubank and Menaul – bingo! – cops catch a guy desperately trying to pedal away in the pedicab.

“He made a poor attempt on the pedicab to get away but he was taken into custody right away,’ said police officer Simon Drobik. “Pretty much every time, a bicycle is going to lose to a police car I believe.”

Arrested and charged with receiving stolen property – a felony – is 28 year old Brock Preece, who is apparently a pretty thoughtful guy.

“He went through the trouble of buying an air freshener and he hung it right here on the bike,” said Whitney. “I guess to freshen the outside air!”

Whitney plans to be back at work Wednesday, pedaling tourists around Old Town.  After the bike was stolen from a carport near Whitney’s Old Town apartment, he feared that he would lose his only means of making a living. Now it’s back, safe and sound.

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