The last few years haven't been easy for Tracey Buscaglia and her three children: 11-year-old Ian, 13-year-old Alyssa, and 16-year-old Amanda. Her husband, C.J. of 20 years died suddenly of an asthma and heart attack in 2015. Tracey said the kids were there as paramedics tried to resuscitate him. “It's not easy. The kids still have a hard time with it.”
Despite the death of their dad, Tracey said they've maintained good grades with the KENTON school system. So last year, Tracey said she bought the girls bicycles for making honor roll. “Their bikes are everything to them.” That’s primarily because Tracey doesn't have a car. So, the girls would bike everywhere. “I'd go there and back, any extracurricular activities, I'd use it for that. I used it very frequently,” Alyssa explained.
Alyssa said she and her sister always kept their bikes locked on a pole outside of their apartment and it hadn't been broken until they discovered the bikes were missing on Saturday morning. “I was pretty sad because like I loved that thing. It got me to and from where ever I needed to go. So, I was pretty upset.”
Alyssa's was a turquoise Granite Peak Roadmaster bike. The other was a purple mountain bike.
Tracey said she called Town of Tonawanda police. But, so far, the bikes haven't turned up. For now Tracey said she can't afford to buy them new ones. “I have Thanksgiving coming up. I have Christmas coming up. I don't even know how I'm doing that. So, I really am at a loss, ya know?”
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