Friday, November 21, 2008

Who took the Post Office bike rack?

Postmaster suspects the city of Ketchum

Express Staff Writer

The bike rack from the Ketchum Post Office has been missing for about two weeks and Postmaster John McDonald suspected the culprit was the city of Ketchum.

But at last word Thursday, the city had denied it.

"The city just verified they do not have our bike rack," McDonald said. "Therefore, maybe somebody did steal the damn thing."

The bike rack, made of painted green metal about eight feet long, used to sit under the covered area on the south side of the building. Then it disappeared.

Oddly enough, McDonald said, the thing vanished about the same time that city crews were picking up bike racks for winter in other parts of town.

"They may have inadvertently taken that one too," he said.

McDonald is rather fond of the rack. He had it custom built 25 years ago.

He posted signs describing the missing rack throughout the Post Office, but so far no one seems to know where it went.

In spite of city denials, McDonald was still suspicious.

"I'm going to personally go down and look where they're storing those things," he said.

Later Thursday, he said the bike rack was indeed not there.

Ketchum Police spokeswoman Kim Rogers said the case is being investigated by Ketchum Detective R. Scott Manning.

"Detective Manning searched where the bike racks are stored and that one is not part of the collection," Rogers said. "The bike rack is still missing. There are no leads."

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