Police: Man returns bike belonging to Steelers receiver

October 25, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) crosses the goal line for a touchdown after taking a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster’s nightmare is over.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has his beloved bike back.

Police say a man has returned a bike belonging to the rookie, telling investigators he bought it from someone for $200 on the street.

Mount Oliver police chief Matt Juzwick said the man called from a bar about 11 p.m. Tuesday after realizing from TV news the bike was reported stolen. Mount Oliver is a tiny borough bordering Pittsburgh.

The man who turned in the bike gave police a description of the man he bought it from and Pittsburgh police are hoping to find him.

Smith-Schuster, a 20-year-old rookie, didn’t get a license while attending USC because of the school’s ride-sharing program. He’s used the bike to get from his apartment to the Steelers nearby practice facility.

When Smith-Schuster took to social media on Tuesday expressing his sadness after realizing his bike was missing, it quickly went viral. #TeamFindJuJusBike trended on Twitter for hours.

Teammate Antonio Brown offered two free tickets to anyone who returned it. A Twitter user even started a handle @JuJusBike .

The amount of attention the recovery of an $800 bike received caught Smith-Schuster, who is making more than $750,000 this season, off guard.

“People tell me it was on the news, people out here trying to find the bike,” Smith-Schuster said. “That’s when I knew, ‘Dang, this is serious.’”

Smith-Schuster says he doesn’t have plans to file criminal charges and jokingly named some of his teammates as suspects. Smith-Schuster, who turns 21 on Nov. 22, is in the process of getting his license.

Tutored by offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, Smith-Schuster recently received his learner’s permit and plans to take the driver’s test next week.

Just don’t expect Smith-Schuster to give up on his bike anytime soon.

“You can see that I’m frugal with the bike,” Smith-Schuster said. “If Al wasn’t helping me get my license, then I’d probably ride my bike every day in the snow.”


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