CAMDEN, NJ — Lifting Up Camden’s Youth (LUCY) Outreach, a non-profit based in the east part of the city, had 20 bicycles stolen from its shed Monday morning, the organization announced this evening.
The break-in occurred just hours after youth, who make up hundreds that participate in the program, had taken their weekly Sunday evening ride.
Kristin Prinn, Executive Director for LUCY Outreach, told TAPinto Camden that the doorknob was removed from the shed, before being re-attached.
“We’re devastated,” said Prinn. “The biking program was a respite for youth during COVID-19. It was a safe, socially distanced activity that kept kids’ mind off COVID and enabled them to spend time together outdoors. This is a real loss.”
The Camden County Police Department (CCPD) is currently working to locate the thieves.
Prinn said for now the biking program, which serves youth 7-19 years of age with 3 or more rides a week, has been put on hold while the organization looks for donors to help replace the bikes.
"LUCY kids used the bikes every day during the entire summer. Just under two years ago, LUCY received a generous donation for some of the [10 high-end] Treks," LUCY's Outreach said in a statement.
To donate to the organization visit www.lucyoutreach.org.