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Football star’s $5,000 mountainbike stolen in CdA

Thu., Sept. 8, 2011, midnight

It’s getting so a famous football player just can’t visit Coeur d’Alene anymore.

Drew Bledsoe was in town over the Labor Day weekend, visiting friends with his family, and his $5,000 mountain bike was stolen off his car’s bike rack.

“I was bummed to lose it,” Bledsoe said. “It’s a big bike; it’s not going to fit everybody.”

The Santa Cruz full-suspension bike has a 62-centimeter carbon frame that fit the 6-foot-5 former quarterback. Bledsoe said the thief cut the bike loose from his car rack but left two road bikes, one of which was more valuable than the mountain bike.

Bledsoe also reported the serial number to the police, which Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood said could help recover the bike. The last four digits are 0564, Bledsoe said.

“If we have a serial number and someone pawns it, then we can get it back to the owner,” Wood said, explaining that pawn slips are required by law to be delivered to law enforcement agencies. “That’s how we actually recover stolen property.”

In addition, she said, “With Drew Bledsoe being a celebrity, maybe someone will see that bike and call us.”

Bledsoe reported the bike stolen on Monday afternoon from 1018 E. Front Ave., but told police he didn’t know specifically when it was taken. In an interview, he said he and his family have a home in Whitefish, Mont., and stopped in Coeur d’Alene on the way back home to visit friends. They had been out to dinner the night before and he didn’t notice when the bike went missing.

Bledsoe described the bike to police as having a black carbon frame with an “All Seasons” sticker near the crank set. It has chrome spokes and aluminum wheels, a Shimano derailleur and new handlebar grips.

Bledsoe grew up in Walla Walla and played three years for Washington State University then entered the NFL draft. He was the No. 1 pick in 1993 and signed to play with the New England Patriots. He retired from a 14-year career in 2007 and now lives in Bend, Ore., with his wife and four children.

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