Stolen Bike Found But Crushes Family Reunion Hopes

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Saturday, June 24, 2012

Danielle Miles was selling her bike to buy a plane ticket to Japan. She was hoping her husband, who is serving in the Navy, would finally hold their daughter, Inareah, this Christmas.

"There goes my Christmas. There goes her chance of meeting her daddy before she's one. She's going to have to wait. He's going to miss everything," said Miles.

She put a 'for sale' sign on her lawn and an ad on Craigslist to sell her bike.

On Thursday, a man came knocking on her door and wanted to test drive the bike. Miles said she was busy taking care of her 3-month-old baby, so she failed to get a guarantee before the stranger left with her bike.

"I was preoccupied with her. There was a few things going through my brain that I didn't think about getting any information. I definitely know now that I did not do everything I should've done," said Miles.

Late Friday night, police called her to inform her that her bike was recovered.

"They said, 'We have good news and bad news. We have found your bike, but it's not in one piece anymore,'" she said.

Her bike was involved in a crash in Downtown Wichita on Friday around 10:15 p.m. Police said there were two people on the stolen bike. One witness thought the bike riders were speeding, then crashed into a car.

"Complication here to due to the fact that we cannot identify either of the occupants of the motorcycle and appears that the motorcycle has been reported stolen, so we've got couple or three investigations that we're working on right now," said Sgt. Roger Runft, Wichita Police.

Now, the wife is left with no bike and no plane ticket, but said she learned a valuable lesson.

"Don't be so trusting. I'm a completely trusting individual. I don't want to just automatically assume that you're up to no good," said Miles.

Friends are trying to raise money for the couple to reunite this Christmas. To find information about their efforts, click here.

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Friday, June 23, 2012

Two people have suffered serious injuries in an accident involving a motorcycle in downtown Wichita.

The accident was reported just after 10:15 p.m. in the 300 block of E. Lewis, which is just north of Kellogg and Broadway.

A woman in her twenties was eastbound in a Chevy Cavalier on Ellis, turning south on Topeka, when a motorcycle carrying a man and a woman hit the car. Both were thrown from the cycle.

“We cannot identify either of the occupants of the motorcycle, and it appears the motorcycle has been stolen,” says Wichita Police Sgt. Roger Runft.

The man and woman, both believed to be in their twenties, were taken to a local hospital in serious but stable condition.

"Neither one was wearing a helmet," says Runft. "The male driver suffered some head injury...female suffered some leg and pelvis injury."

The woman in the Cavalier was not injured. The accident and the case of the stolen motorcycle are under investigation.

An officer on scene said that in the case of this motorcycle, it was for sale and someone took it for a test drive and never came back.

911 Dispatch reports the motorcycle is registered to Kenneth and Danielle Miles. We received a call from Danielle earlier this week. She told KAKE News the bike was stolen and that she was selling the it for money to visit her husband, who is stationed in Japan.

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