Tofino local Warren Rudd is back in the saddle of his once-stolen bicycle.
Rudd’s Norco Bushpilot was snatched from the bike rack behind his apartment building on July 27 but it reappeared as mysteriously as it had vanished on Aug. 13.
“It just appeared back where it was taken from,” Rudd told the Westerly. “I was going to get my loaner bike and there was my old one.”
Rudd was reunited with his bike around noon but he believes it was likely returned “under the cover of darkness,” sometime overnight.
“My faith in Tofino has been mostly restored,” he said.
“I no longer have that negative feeling about Tofino in general that I was having, having had my bike stolen. It just generally wasn’t a good feeling to have that in the back of my mind all the time going around town.”
Tofino rallied around Rudd’s quest to find his stolen bike and he believes his community’s support led to his bike’s return.
“I’m guessing that it was ‘borrowed’ by someone who wanted to get home at night and that they probably saw some of the publicity about it, partly thanks to the Westerly and partly thanks to the internet and word of mouth,” he said.
“Everyone I knew was pulling for me and I felt very supported…So many people around town were keeping an eye out for it that it became unrideable in Tofino.”
Rudd plans to be more diligent about locking his bike from now on.