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Jackson Special Olympics Asking For Help

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A local group in Jackson is asking for your help after they discovered some of their property was missing Tuesday.

The groups been around for over a decade and say their summer and athlete's season depends on that equipment.

It was the first practice for Special Olympics Area 19 in Jackson for the season.

"3k and 4k are the ones for me," said Special Olympian Traci Turk.

Those are the races Traci Turk competes in for Jackson Special Olympics, but that might not happen this year.

"I opened up the locked gate and locked garage and was just heartbroken," said Special Olympics Area 19 Coach Mary Turk.

Heartbroken because Mary Turk, the group's coach says someone managed to steal 15 bikes, about half of the group's bikes, from their locked garage.

"They used this desk that used to be on the side of the garage," said Assistant Director Deborah Hilliker.

Assistant Director Deborah Hilliker believes whoever took the bikes, used a nearby desk to climb onto and throw the bikes over the barb wire fence.

The group says they could've been taken anytime between father's day and Tuesday.

As a precaution, the group moved the remaining bikes into their main building and for good reason.

When the group returned Wednesday morning, they noticed, the garage door had been open again.

"What really clinched it for us was there were helmets laying on the ground," Hilliker said.

But Hilliker says not without leaving footprints on the desk and in the grass.

The two wheeled bikes range between $200-$300 and the tricycles up to $500.

The group does have insurance, but the coach doesn't know how much that would cover and say the real issue is timing. They compete in September and don't know if they'll have enough bikes by the time they compete. Which means for now, every Tuesday at practice they'll be out on foot instead of bikes, letting people know they need bikes.

"I take pride in our athletes and I'm here for them," Turk said.

That's why this coach is speaking out for her 30 plus athletes.

After this event, they're considering updating lighting, using motion sensors and cameras to protect their equipment and athletes season.

So far no arrests have been made.

Jackson's Special Olympics says two bikes have already been donated and say Jackson's Fitness Council  looks like it can donate another seven.

The group say's they still need help with the more expensive tricycles

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