CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A bicycle stolen from the porch of a home in Elkview was much more valuable than its initial cost.
Angela Haas, 40, paid about $300 for the pink-and-white Diamondback when she bought it in July 2010. Each August for the last three years, she rode the bike for 120 miles along the Greenbrier River Trail in an event to raise funds to fight multiple sclerosis.
"I rode it for three years in the MS bike ride in memory of my mother," Haas said. "My number was 165 in the ride this year, and my number was still on the bike when it was stolen."
Her mother, Jetta Pugh, died in 2004 from complications from MS.
Angela and husband Keith have a son, 8-year-old Nathaniel, and a daughter, 4-year-old Jetta.
Keith works for an insurance company and Angela in human resources for an engineering firm. However, Angela has been off work due to a broken leg and complications.
In September, she fell on some stairs and broke her leg while attending a Women of Faith Conference in Pittsburgh with a group from her church, Elkview Baptist.
Because her leg did not heal properly, she had to have surgery earlier this month. "I needed pins and a plate."