06/18/2013 01:15 EDT | Updated 08/18/2013 05:12 EDT

Burnaby Senior's Bike Stolen After Ride Across Canada

BURNABY, B.C. - An 85-year-old Burnaby senior hopes a heartless thief returns a bicycle that has rolled 4,700 kilometres across Canada, and carries countless memories of his magnificent adventure.

Burnaby RCMP say the man, whose name has not been released, is devastated by the loss of his treasured Apollo 10 speed bike, stolen from the garage of his Burnaby home on June 8.

Investigators say the man rode the bike eastward to visit relatives in Ontario in the early 1980s, making it all the way to Regina, Sask., on his first attempt in 1981, before falling ill.

A second attempt, in 1985, at the age of 55, was successful and after 30 days on the road, the man fulfilled his dream of surprising his daughter at her Chesterfield, Ont., home.

Police say the painstakingly-maintained bike was mounted on the garage wall of the man's Burnaby home, helping him remember that trip in vivid detail.

A New Westminster Police officer spotted a similar-looking bike ridden by a man believed linked to similar break-ins, but the suspect escaped and officers are now appealing for any information that could help them reunite the senior with his beloved bicycle.

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