Police have reportedly recovered the custom-built bicycle of former NBA big man Shawn Bradley, which was stolen from his Utah home on November 4th.
Although the bike was valued around $6,000 to $10,000, the fact that it was made with an 80-centimeter custom-frame — 50 percent larger than a typical bike — to accommodate Bradley’s 7-foot-6 body, made the original theft puzzling to the former Mavericks center.
“There’s no way they could have ridden it away,” Bradley said Thursday morning. “It’s kind of baffling. I think it will turn up.”
He was right.
On Thursday (Nov. 10) an officer with Adult Probation and Parole found the bicycle while inspecting a former convict’s home, Murray police Sgt. Brian Wright told the Salt Lake Tribune.
“It was just inside the residence,” Wright said, adding that the bicycle was not damaged.
Following the recovery of the bike, Joshua Carter, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and felony theft.
“I’m guessing he just walked it away,” Wright said of the suspect, who stands just 6-foot.
The bike’s recovery came as welcome news to the ears of Bradley, who, according to a report by the Washington Press, was relieved to know that he wouldn’t need to have another custom-bike designed. After putting on a substantial amount of weight following his retirement from the NBA, Bradley says he took to bicycling the roads and canyons of Utah as a sure-fire way to shed some of the excess pounds.
In addition to logging several thousand miles, including many “century rides” — rides of 100 miles or more, Bradley says he has dropped 30 pounds of fat.
“It’s changed my body (composition) and when I ride the bike in the morning, I want to eat healthy the rest of the day. It’s a mental game I play with myself,” he said.