Bike stolen from woman with mental illness

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. -- The parents of a schizophrenic woman who had her bike stolen are pleading for it to be returned.

The blue Trek bike was stolen from a bike rack outside Clackamas Town Center Monday afternoon. Surveillance footage nearly captures the theft, but the camera moves away before it happens. It moves back about a minute later and the bike is gone.

Two men can clearly be seen hovering over the bike right before it disappears, but there's no actual proof they were the thieves.

"It gave her a feeling of freedom that she usually doesn't experience," said Doug Casey, the victim's father. He told KATU the bike was a form of therapy for his daughter, who has struggled with schizophrenia for more than a decade.

"She has voices in her head that constantly put her in a state of fear," he said. "I think it's kind of like meditation. When you're riding a bicycle, you've got to be a little more focused on your surroundings and somehow it took her out of that state of being in fear all the time."

Anyone who might have information can contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office at 503-785-5000.

A photo of a similar bike is below.