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While former city commissioner tried to help others, a thief took his bike
December 31, 2008
Being a good Samaritan can come at a price.
Just ask former City Commissioner Tim Smith, who witnessed a traffic accident as he was cycling to the beach Monday. He said he left his bike on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of Sunrise Boulevard to rush to the cars involved, one of which had rear-ended the other.
Finding both drivers uninjured, Smith prepared to leave — but when he went to retrieve his bike, it was gone.
"I was just amazed," Smith said with a chuckle.
You see, it's not just that his bike, a gift from his wife, was stolen. During back-to-back terms as city commissioner, Smith successfully pushed for a citywide bike registration program to help police track stolen bikes.
When Smith contacted police Monday, though, about his vanished bike, he had to sheepishly admit it was unregistered.
— Sofia Santana
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