Remember Igor Kenk, that Dapper Dan? He's the guy who stole my bike (maybe) and a couple of years ago Chad wrote me with a good idea. He thought the Toronto Police should give the 2500 unclaimed backs back to Torontonians. Specifically, to the less fortunate.
That's exactly what's happened.
Crowds of kids showed up bright and early Monday morning to help move thousands of stolen bike parts to a new temporary home at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.
The bike parts are the spoils of Igor Kenk, who was arrested in 2008 for theft. Police raided his Queen St. W. shop and found 3,000 stolen bicycles. Kenk, who pleaded guilty in 2009, was released in March.
The youth centre basement will store some 30 bicycles and 1,000 bike components and locks. The plan is to develop a program for youth to help put the bikes back together until they are safe enough to ride home.
Once repaired, Kenk’s bounty of stolen bikes will be donated to needy kids across Ontario, Attorney General Chris Bentley announced on Monday morning.
It was a great idea then and it's a great idea now.