September 13, 2011 in Idaho, News

Teenagers recover Drew Bledsoe’s stolen bike

By The Spokesman-Review
Coeur d'Alene Police Department photo

Coeur d’Alene police have recovered the stolen $5,000 Santa Cruz mountain bike belonging to former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
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A teenage brother and sister from Coeur d’Alene recovered former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s stolen mountain bike.

Bledsoe’s bike was stolen off his car rack while he was visiting friends with his family over Labor Day weekend. Police have charged Brandon C. Edgemon, 18, of Coeur d’Alene, with grand theft for allegedly stealing the $5,000 Santa Cruz bike.

Edgemon rode by a home on the 800 block of North 22nd Street and saw a girl he knew from high school, Kelsea Justus, said her father, Rick Justus. He said Edgemon told the girl that the police were looking for him and asked if he could store the bike at her house. She said no, then watched him hide the bike behind the house across the street, Rick Justus said.

Kelsea Justus, 19, then called her 15-year-old brother, Nate, and told him to get the bike from behind the house and put it in their house when he got home. Nate did that, and when Edgemon returned later, in a truck with other people, he couldn’t find the bike, Rick Justus said.

The Justuses called the police and when officers arrived, they realized the bike was the one reported stolen by Bledsoe, a news release from the Coeur d’Alene Police said.

Detectives found Edgemon in jail for a warrant on a different charge and charged him with grand theft.

Officers contacted Bledsoe and made arrangements to return his bike to him. The bike didn’t appear to be damaged, the release said.

Rick Justus said he’s proud of his children for doing the right thing, regardless of who owns the bike.

“I’d like them to get the recognition they deserve,” Justus said. “It didn’t matter how expensive the bike was. It was more just doing the right thing for the right reason.”

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