Lufkin men say bikes were stolen while attending AA meeting

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two Lufkin men say their bicycles were stolen while they were attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Monday night.

According to the police report, officers responded to the 700 block of Ellis Avenue at 7:59 p.m. after Sidney George Wager, 44, and James Leonard Utley, 59, reported their bicycles were stolen while they were in the meeting.

Neither bikes were locked up.

Wager said in a telephone interview Tuesday that he had just borrowed the bicycle from his girlfriend.

"She told me to always keep it locked up and I normally do but I didn't last night and sure enough it was gone," Wager said.

Wager, who has a criminal record, said he has a suspended drivers license and uses the bicycle for transportation. He said he is not mandated by the law to attend AA meetings, but does it to try to keep his life on the right track. He now works part-time at Lufkin First United Methodist Church and resides at Godtel.

"I am experiencing the same thing I put others through," Wager said. "Which makes me that much more not want to put others through nothing like that."

Wager has been sober for four and a half months and attends a meeting at the same time every day. He said he's found a way to cope with his loss.

"I knelt down on the bench and prayed for God to let me be content with this," he said. "Forgive the man that took the bike."

Wager's bicycle is described as a purple and white Next 15-speed mountain bicycle, valued at $120. Utley's bicycle is described as a blue Next 15-speed mountain bicycle with a black seat cover, also valued at $120.

Police have no suspects at this time. Anyone with information on the crime can call Lufkin Crime Stoppers at 936-639-TIPS.

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