The Lake City Police Department (LCPD) recently gave more than 20 bicycles to the United Way Suwannee Valley branch in Lake City.
According to an LCPD press release, the 21 bicycles were kept in storage for more than two years and had not been collected after owners were notified they had been located.
LCPD stores personal property when recovered following an arrest, according to the release, and then contacts the owner where their property will be stored and for how long. If the property isn’t collected in two years, it is donated or destroyed.
“It would be a shame for useful items to be destroyed,” said LCPD Chief Gerald Butler in the release. “We are glad to be able to find new homes for the bicycles so they can be put to good use.”
LCPD evidence technician Phil Dorris coordinated with the United Way to donate the bicycles.
The United Way said the bikes will serve a critical role for those in need of transportation.
“We have so many clients who could use the bikes for transportation, shopping, medical appointments, etc.,” Jennifer Lee, the homeless services supervisor for United Way Suwannee Valley, said in a statement. “This population has so many barriers, and you have helped remove one!”