Above: Slovenski's stolen bike looks similar to this one, but is blue.
Via the AP (who may try to sue me for this fair-use good samaritanism, but let 'em try):
LEWISTON (AP) -- Ruth Slovenski of Lewiston acquired her blue Huffy bicycle as a gift in 1943 when she was a teenager and had been riding it ever since.Even though it's a Huffy, it's still a gorgeous vintage bike. I suspect that the thief might have had an inkling of this and expected to pawn it off to an unsuspecting collector. Don't let it happen: everyone in southern Maine should keep an eye out for it.
But the 66-year-old bike was stolen last weekend after its 83-year-old owner left it unlocked during her regular visit to a local nursing home.
Police said Slovenski arrived at Maison Marcotte at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, leaving the bike near a mailbox. When she went to leave less than two hours later, the bike was gone.
A security video at the nursing home showed a male wearing a hat and dark clothing riding off on a bike that fit the description of the one that was stolen.
Cpl. Matthew Cushman quoted Slovenski as saying the bike, with wide fenders and a large metal basket, had great sentimental value.