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Cleanup Week May Lead to Thefts

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The hunt is on around the F-M area, as Cleanup Week has scrappers hitting the streets. But, the prowl could be bringing some danger to your neighborhood. Only 24-hours into the recycling frenzy, already some people are taking things too far. Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman explains the mayhem this year's Cleanup Week is stirring up.
Once a year, our junk become treasure and our trash becomes gold.
"We do get a lot of traffic," Vanessa Strobel, a participant in Cleanup Week, said. "This year, I have seen more big pickups looking for items."
For one week, we all become a little crazy, stopping at no end to cash in on the generosity of others. A picture has been circling the Internet of a mini-van dragging a basketball hoop down the road.
"You'll see people will kind of drive by, and back up. If it's something big, they will try to figure out how to fit it in there," Strobel said.
But, sometimes that means taking advantage. On Sunday, a tandem bike Gabe and Kristen Rheault bought the year they got hitched disappeared from their backyard.
"It's sunshine yellow, it's got two wheels, two seats and two bells. And, it's supposed to go in our backyard," Kristen said.
Police told them this is one week a fence won't do much good.
"It's Cleanup Week, there's a lot of people going back and forth. They said someone was probably taking advantage of the traffic and noise, probably just rolled by and grabbed it right out of the yard," Gabe said.
The couple planned to roll through life together on those wheels, worth about $100 on Craigslist but has racked up a lot of sentimental value.
Despite the "bicycle shaped hole in their hearts," as they call it, they'll go to any length to keep this treasure from becoming trash.
"Some people will find a nice vintage table that they'll use in their side room, and some people will steal your bike," Kristen said.
If you do catch Gabe and Kristen's yellow tandem bike, they hope you call police. Neighbors should be on high alert this week, as officers say the high activity of Cleanup Week can lead to more thefts and burglaries.
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