Thief swipes woman's 66-year-old bike

April 11, 2009 8:21:12 AM PDT
A thief in Maine stole a 66-year-old bicycle that belonged to an 83-year-old woman. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

Ruth Slovenski got the blue Huffy bicycle as a gift when she was a teenager in 1943. The bike was stolen after she left it unlocked Saturday during a visit to a nursing home in Lewiston, a southern Maine city of about 35,000 residents where Slovenski lives.

Police say Slovenski had left the bike near a mailbox. When she went back to it two hours later, the bike was gone.

The bicycle has wide fenders and a large metal basket. A nursing home security video shows a man wearing a hat and dark clothing riding off on a bike that fit that description.

Police say Slovenski told them the bike had great sentimental value.

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