A trailer with 20 bicycles inside it was stolen from Bethel Middle School in Spanaway over the weekend, a school district news release said Tuesday.
The bicycles were funded by state grants and the Cascade Bicycle Club and were used to teach kids taking physical education classes throughout the district how to ride safely.
The trailer, a white 2016 Mirage Xcel with Washington state license plate no. A8106C, was secured with hardened locks on its doors and a hitch lock, and it was parked behind a locked gate when it was stolen.
"We’ve lost the trailer, we’ve lost the bikes, and these kids have lost an opportunity," district spokesman Doug Boyles said.
Surveillance video shows a Toyota 4Runner or similar larger SUV pulling away with the trailer, Boyles said.
All 20 of the bicycles are red Specialized Roll Entry models, and they have wide tires with a built-in pressure gauge. They will have labels on them from Old Town Bicycle in Gig Harbor low on the frames.
"It's really just a shame," Boyles added. "If you look at the weather, it’s a beautiful day, and nobody’s riding bikes here at Bethel Middle School.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the trailer or its contents is asked to contact the Pierce County Sheriff's Department at 253-798-4840.