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Thief steals 60 children's bikes from Christmas Unlimited

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At least 60 bicycles set aside for a free Christmas giveaway were stolen last week.

"We're going to have 60 kids that won't have a bicycle for Christmas," Tim Peed, the Christmas Unlimited Board President said. 

It's only April, but it seems a Christmas Grinch is already at work.

"The Grinch that stole from Christmas Unlimited," Peed said.

Tim Peed and his team at Christmas Unlimited has helped play Santa for more than 90 years with 21 straight days of giveaways.

"Last year in December, we served 4000 families and two to three children per family so every single one counts," Mike Tapia, Executive Director of Christmas Unlimited said.

They make it happen by collecting donations year-round.

"I had one that needed to be hung up, I brought it out here and pulled back my curtains and every one of them is gone," Peed said.

But, last week, more than three months worth of those donations vanished. They believe someone broke through their back fence to get into the sheds which, at the time, were only covered with tarps.

"The anger that I had was pretty much overwhelming," Peed said.

Taking between $6,000-$8,000 worth of bicycles, leaving behind only a few used ones.

"Returning the bikes, would love to see that happen, and no questions would be asked but it's doubtful, so we're asking the community to help us," Tapia said.

Now, asking for donations to make sure every family in need will get a bike for Christmas.

"It's the dream, we want to keep the dream alive," he said.

The group filed a police report and has since secured the sheds.

The 20-inch boys and girls bikes were supposed to be distributed this Christmas, but now Christmas Unlimited is looking for other donations to fill the void.

Toys and cash donations can be made at the Christmas Unlimited headquarters at 2204 E. Boulder. That office is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can also call 719-597-1821 to make a donation.

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