PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The Spencer family says this is the second three-wheel bike they've had stolen in the last year and a half. They say they know it's only a bike, but it's extra special to their daughter Ashley.
Ashley Spencer is 32 years old and mentally handicapped. She and her mom Susan usually exercise together, but they weren't able to on Wednesday because Ashley's three-wheel bike was stolen.
"She has health problems and can't walk, run, do a lot of standing, so the bike is her way of exercising," Susan Spencer said. "It's a way of her getting around the neighborhood. We usually go walking in the afternoons, and that's how she goes with me."
Susan says it is not easy for Ashley to ride a two-wheel bike, which is why she uses one with three wheels. She says the bike was very expensive and is unique, which is why she thinks it was stolen.
"You don't have to have a lot of balance to ride it," Spencer said. "A lot of older people like it because of that. It's not something you see every day."
The Spencers believe whoever stole the bike went out of their way to take it. Other items in the carport, including other bicycles, were left untouched. The lock and chair that held Ashley's bike was cut. Ashley says she wants her bike back and hopes the person who took it will return it soon.
The Spencers say they filed a police report on Wednesday. They are offering a reward for anyone who can get Ashley's bike back.