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Thieves steal bikes from school, community responds

Posted: Friday, Aug 30th, 2013

Watsonville High School baseball coach James Gomez shows a gaping hole in the chain-link fence where burglars clipped their way into the baseball field and stole more than $7,500 worth of sports department equipment over the weekend. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Just days after a news story ran about the theft of several bicycles from a special education class, several people and local companies have come forward with donations to replace them.

So far two companies have donated more than $2,500, said special day school teacher Cathy McMinn.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “It makes you feel good that the community supports us. “It’s nice to see that people really do care.”

Watsonville Cadillac Buick GMC on Friday donated $1,000.

Service Manager Randy Van Winkle said the donation was part of the company’s philanthropic philosophy.

“When they hit the special needs kids, it really hit the owner,” he said. “We wanted to do something right away.”

For the complete article see the 08-31-2013 issue.

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