Rhode Islanders Rally for Disabled Teen After Awful Crime

Wayne Thompson's $7,000 tricycle was stolen last week in Providence. It was found damaged on Monday.

Wayne Thompson, a disabled 17-year-old from Providence whose expensive tricycle was recently stolen. Credit: GoFundMe.com
Wayne Thompson, a disabled 17-year-old from Providence whose expensive tricycle was recently stolen. Credit: GoFundMe.com
Rhode Islanders are rallying behind a disabled teenager whose expensive tricycle was recently stolen.

Wayne Thompson, 17, of Providence, suffers from Noonan syndrome, which causes heart defects, bleeding problems, and bone malformations.

WPRI-TV reported he loved his $7,000 tricycle made possible by a donation from Shriners Hospitals for Children. But last week, the tricycle was stolen.

On Monday, Providence police said they found the bike, but it was damaged and "inoperable," according to NBC 10.

"It meant a lot to me," Thompson told WPRI.

A Rhode Island resident set up a GoFundMe donation page to raise money to buy Thompson a new tricycle.

"We take a lot for granted on a daily basis," wrote John Oliver on the donation site. "Because of someone’s poor choices a 17-year-old boy who has had to overcome so much already in his life now has to get through another obstacle."

More than $4,500 has been raised so far.
JD April 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM
what an awful thing to do to someone. i hope they catch the perpetrator, but am so inspired by people who are rallying around this victim and helping him out. i wonder, though, why would shriners donate a $7,500 trike and not take out the extra $50 a year it would cost in the form of an insurance policy to protect it?
Jason Claffey April 28, 2014 at 10:17 AM
NBC 10 this morning reported police found the tricycle, but it was damaged and "inoperable."
Jay April 28, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Hopefully it can be repaired at a reasonable cost. Shame on the losers that stole it in the first place. No class.
Yvette M Ayotte April 28, 2014 at 01:25 PM
We live amongst MORONS!!
Seamus April 28, 2014 at 01:47 PM
It is a terrible theft, and those involved should be tarred and feathered. Upon looking at that bike however, I have to wonder how it is worth $7,000.00. I can buy a KIA, a souped up Honda motorcycle, or a golf cart for less. Yes I understand it is custom made, but about $5,500 of that must be for labor, cuz there is just not that much to the bike. I truly hope there is no scam here.


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