POSTED: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 1, 2012 - 2:34pm
Phoenix, AZ (KPHO) — An expensive training bicycle was snatched Saturday from someone's house in Central Phoenix, but this particular bike helped a man raise thousands of dollars for injured soldiers.
Bob Boschee said he is frustrated.
"This is all that remains from my bike," he said as he held a valve stem cap.
Boschee has been cycling for three years with a group of 64 cyclists called The Ride 430 Challenge, previously known as The Ride for Semper Fi. They cycle from Phoenix to San Diego, 430 miles, to raise money for injured soldiers and their families.
"Could be something as simple as a pair of crutches or a bus pass to get to their PTSD appointment," said Boschee.
Saturday morning Boschee headed out before the sunrise to train.
"I came out at about five minutes to five, opened the door and brought the bike out," he said. "I've been training for four and a half months probably riding three days a week, 50 to 60 miles a day for this ride."
Boschee explained that he keeps the bike in a locked storage room off the side of his patio.
The group has already raised over $400,000 and Boschee alone is responsible for almost $15,000 of that.
"Out here is where the bike was leaning up against this door," he explained. He leaned the bike against a door under the patio that leads to the house.
An expensive goal and such a long ride requires an expensive machine. Boschee said the bike cost about $4,000.
"I walked into the house, walked through the house and as I got through to the far side of the house I saw the motion light come on," he said.
Boschee said it was taken in just the time it took for him to kiss his wife goodbye. He said this is what he would say to whoever took it.
"Bring my bike back. You would be doing a service to our country, as well. No questions asked."
Boschee said he took off after the guy down the street and couldn't find him and then called police while he drove around looking for the crook.
Although he said it is important to ride on the bike you train with, he has been offered another bike to use for the ride.
The ride kicks off in Scottsdale Oct. 10 at 8 a.m. at DNA Cycles on 7077 E. Mayo Blvd.