Hampden character Lou Catelli, whose trike was stolen late last month, received some good news from Baltimore Police today. His adult tricycle was recovered and returned to him Friday afternoon.
“I’ve been overwhelmed,” said Catelli, adding that the past few weeks have been filled with a community outpouring, with residents sending tips and pictures of trike sightings, with the suspect brazenly riding the tricycle around the city, sometimes with a passenger on the back.
“People were so concerned about it. I’d be riding around on my bike with headphones on, and people would pull over in their cars and say ‘Have you found it? Where is it?’ … It’s incredible.”
Police did not respond to a request for information about whether they have made an arrest.
Residents have also donated tricycles to the Hampden neighborhood, Catelli said. Today, he’ll receive his fourth trike donation, which he will use for a future project.
As for the invitation for the person who stole his bike to join his triker gang — the offer is still on the table, Catelli added.
“We hope the kid who took it — we still want him to join us. … He is very, very talented,” he said, adding that the man would be the perfect person to help start a pedicab shuttle in Hampden.
“It’s also a great way to get strong legs while you’re making a few bucks.”