July 31, 2018 / Brooklyn news / Bay Ridge / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Nice ride! After a thief stole her bike, young gymnast gets back on the road thanks to Park Sloper’s kindness

Nice bike!: Maggie Weddle, left, and Prospect Gymnastics owner Mina Marsow stand with Maggie’s new bike, which was donated by a Park Slope resident after her last ride was stolen.
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He did a good turn.

A young gymnast is back in the saddle after a thief stole her bike in Ditmas Park thanks to the generosity of a kind-hearted Park Slope resident, who donated his spare bike after reading about the youngster’s plight in The Brooklyn Paper.

“The story has a happy ending, though I hope the punk who stole her bike has to pay, at least karmically,” said Park Slope resident and transit advocate Eric McClure, who offered his bike to 13-year-old Maggie Weddle.

Security footage showed the thief wrench Weddle’s ride off a bike rack on Church Avenue between E. 10th Street and Stratford Road on July 16, which happened to be Weddle’s first day working as an intern at nearby Prospect Gymnastics.

The studio’s owner, Mina Marsow, filed a police report on behalf of the youngster later that day, but a spokesman for the police department confirmed on July 23 that police had closed the case without making any arrests.

Marsow said she is fed up with crime along Church Avenue, and discussed how she locks the studio’s front door at all times, telling parents and students to instead use a rear entrance, after some creep let himself in to give her flowers while she was teaching.

“It is not a very safe block, just in general,” she said.

But the gymnastics teacher choose to give cops the benefit of the doubt in their decision to drop Weddle’s case, and suggested detectives probably have more pressing matters to attend to.

“They have limited resources, so probably a murder case has more of a priority,” said Marsow.

A spokesman for the department declined to say why the case was dropped.

In addition to the new bike, McClure also donated a U-lock to secure it with, and Weddle, who’s not taking any chances, has taken the prudent step of storing her bike at the rear of the gym, according to Marsow.

“He gave us actually gave us the lock too,” she said. “It was really sweet.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, July 31, 2018
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Justice says:
And what about the person who STOLE her bike? Just sitting pretty? Living it up?
This a weak, defenseless woman (the thief was probably a man!) and now she can no longer feel safe anywhere. Not that any woman ever can in the man’s world.
July 31, 2018, 2:23 am
Wilbur D. Horse from Mudville says:
Was the bike locked to the rack? If so, did she use some flimsy, bracelet-like skinny chain? Does the owner know that she lives in Brooklyn, and on Church Ave, no less?
July 31, 2018, 6:10 am
BrooklynGersh from The WT says:
My bike was gershed last month and nobody cares.
July 31, 2018, 9:09 am
Eric McClure from Park Slope says:
Any praise should really be directed to Paule Heredote, the friend for whom I'd been storing the bike in our basement after she moved to Hong Kong. When she ended up settling in another country, she asked me to find it a good home, so when I read the original Brooklyn Paper story about the theft, it seemed like a perfect match.

Paule also began the effort to redesign Jay Street with protected bike lanes, an even greater legacy than a gifted bicycle.
July 31, 2018, 9:44 am
Victoria from Bay Ridge says:
I had my bike stolen recently too. At work, locked in a bike rack with cameras everywhere and security walking around. I was livid because Industry City took no responsibility for it. And this happens a lot. Its not acceptable and why have cameras and security if in the end they are worthless. People who steal are scumbs of the earth and I hope karma catches up with them. I see so many bikes for sale on craigslist, etc. i would say 90 percent are stolen.
July 31, 2018, 10:35 am
Midge from Mill Basin says:
Most bicycles in Brooklyn are stolen by the people who post comments here as Henry Ford and Rufus Leaking. They deserve the death penalty!
July 31, 2018, 11:21 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
That bicycle wasn’t stolen. It was liberated by socialists from its capitalist oppresser.
July 31, 2018, 5:02 pm
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
BrooklynGersh: doesn't your new employer give you a company bike?
Aug. 1, 2018, 9:30 pm

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