Track operator says theft of BMX bikes is a crime against kids

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- A bicycle track operator in Raytown says kids at his facility have been robbed. Police confirm someone broke into the Raytown BMX track and stole several bikes meant for disadvantaged children.

The operator of the BMX  track says it's a crime against kids. When a volunteer track worker showed up on Saturday morning, he discovered a storage shed had been broken into and 14 loaner bikes had been taken.

He says it will cost him as much as $3,000 to replace the bikes. Scott Morrow has volunteered his time as track operator for the past nine years. He said his BMX track has been broken into in the past, but no one took anything of great value.

This time it's different as 14 of the special bikes were taken from this storage shed, which is usually locked.

“Those bikes are often loaned to kids who want to ride BMX, but can't afford their own bike. Some of our riders, that`s their bike. They can`t afford to purchase a race bike for whatever reason. They`ll come out every Monday and Thursday and that`s the bike they`ll get,” Morrow said.

Morrow says he's not interested in cash donations. He says he would rather have donated bikes, which will replace the ones that were stolen. Kansas City police's media unit indicates that no one has been arrested yet for this theft.

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