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Teens help recover Drew Bledsoe’s bike

Coeur d’Alene police have recovered the stolen $5,000 Santa Cruz mountain bike belonging to former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Coeur d'Alene Police Department photo.

A teenage brother and sister from Coeur d’Alene recovered former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s stolen mountain bike.

 The football star’s $5,000 Santa Cruz bike was stolen off his car rack while he was visiting friends with his family in Coeur d’Alene over Labor Day weekend. Now Brandon C. Edgemon, 18, of Coeur d’Alene, (pictured) is in jail on a grand theft charge in the case.

The mystery began unraveling last week.

On Sept. 5, Edgemon rode by a home on the 800 block of North 22nd Street and saw Kelsea Justus, a girl he knew from high school, said her father, Rick Justus. He said Edgemon told the girl that the police were looking for him and he needed a place to store his bike. He asked if he could leave it at her house. She said no, but then she watched him hide the bike behind the house across the street, Rick Justus said, relaying the story told to him by his children.

Read the rest of Alison Bogg's story here.

Past coverage:

Sept. 8: Football star's $5,000 bike stolen in CdA

Cops find stolen bike in time for Ironman

Coeur d'Alene police recovered a stolen high-end bike in time for its owner to ride it in the Ironman triathlon on Sunday.

The $3,500 bike was stolen with a $1,000 bicycle near City Beach on Wednesday. About four hours later, a snow blower was reported stolen from the Best Western Inn.

An employee reported a red Chevrolet Corsica without a license plate drive past him earlier that morning with a snow blower on the back. He later realized it belonged to the motel and called police. The Corsica matched the description of the bike thieves' getaway vehicle.

 Police located the snow blower in a pawn shop data base the next day and contacted the seller, Justin C. Luce, 31, (above left) who told officers they could find the stolen Ironman bike at a Pawn One in Spokane.

The bike was returned to its owner in time for the race. Police also located the second bike and notified the owner.

Luce was already wanted on a Spokane County warrant for theft of a motor vehicle. Coeur d'Alene police believe he's responsible for several thefts in Coeur d'Alene and say they're still identifying stolen property.

A second suspect in the bike thefts, Lukas R. Porto, 18, (right) of Coeur d'Alene was arrested Monday and charged with possession of stolen property.

Bicycling Seattle mayor has bike stolen

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's bicycling mayor has had some explaining to do — to his wife about why her bike got swiped after he borrowed it to ride to work.

Seattlepi.com says Mayor Mike McGinn sent a message on Twitter late Wednesday about Peggy Lynch's wheels.

He says in a tweet: “I know I've been encouraging people to ride bikes more, but I didn't mean u could 'borrow' my wife's bike w/o asking.”

McGinn, a former Sierra Club leader, frequently commutes by bike and often rides to events and meetings. He's a strong advocate of making Seattle more friendly to cycles and pedestrians.

McGinn's spokesman says the mayor borrowed his wife's bike because he recently donated his own to a charity. It was taken from a city garage.

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