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MASON CITY, IA – Troy Seger relies on his bike to get around Mason City.
Last Saturday it was stolen, but there is a twist to this crime.
“Come back outside to smoke a cigarette and low and behold my bike was gone and there was another bike in place of it,” said Seger.
Seger says what was more shocking was to see his bike replaced with another one.
“I kind of had a panic attack and then I called police. The police came, took a report, and took the bicycle that they left said they were going to finger print it,” said Seger.
After reporting the bike stolen to the Mason City Police Department, Seger then went to Facebook to get the communities help.
“Well I know a lot of people here, I’ve lived here for 37 years, I have contacts in all walks of life so I just kind of put it out there and my community actually came through with the rescue and found my bike,” said Seger.
It only took a few hours for Seger to find a little help from his friends, someone saw it on Facebook, and got in touch with him.
And he’s not the only one dealing with this type of crime.
Mason City Police Officer Terrance Prochaska says he’s been hearing about these types of theft cases a lot lately.
“When somebody is trying to keep from being caught they’ll just kind of jump different bike to bike but in this case that was easy to get at and what they did is simply what they did the first time, steal it,” said Prochaska.
Now Seger is doing things a little differently went it comes to keeping an eye on his prized possession.
“I’m locking it up no matter where I’m at, it’s got to be secure,” said Seger.