Thief steals $3,000 in equipment from Kiwanis bike warehouse

The Great Reno Bike Swap at Idlewild Park in 2016 organized by the Kiwanis. Photo by Chris Buckley/KOLO.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Someone broke into the Reno warehouse of a charitable group last weekend and made off with $3,000 worth of equipment and tools.

The Sparks Kiwanis club is now scrambling to replace two Honda generators worth about $2,000 and another $1,000 in tools, President Roger Jacobson said.

The service group’s mission of giving about 1,000 bicycles and helmets to kids each year will not immediately be affected, Jacobson said. They also sell bicycles and rent them during Burning Man.

The generators provide power for the Kiwanis when they make food for special events like the Great Reno Balloon Races. They have already been booked for special events and have the permits, so Jacobson said they are scrambling to find replacements, either by borrowing them or renting them.

Money from those special events go to programs like a book program or giving dolls to hospitals that children can decorate.

The drills, saws and cutting wheels also stolen are used in the bike shop as Kiwanis fix up bikes to give away. They also sell bikes to the public to help pay the bills to keep the bike warehouse open.

There have been some donations to help defray the cost of the stolen items, but Jacobson said they are accepting more donations on their website.

Jacobson said sometime the night of May 13 or the morning of May 14 someone broke into the Catron Drive warehouse to make the theft.

There's no sign of forced entry so he thinks someone picked the locks.

The Reno Police Department did not have a spokesman available Friday afternoon to talk about the theft and any investigation.