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Owner on the trail of stolen gas-powered bikes

The two motorized Schwinn bicycles that were stolen from a Medford woman's home on Feb. 19 each have been seen in Medford in the last few days, according to word spreading on social networks.

Tammy Sona put out word of the theft of her unusual, gas-powered custom bikes on Facebook after she discovered them missing Feb. 20 from her carport on the corner of Oakdale Drive and Oakdale Avenue. Now tips are coming in.

About one week ago a blue gas-powered bicycle that matched the description of the one taken from Sona's home was seen on Popular Drive near the north Fred Meyer. A friend of Sona's spotted the bicycle with two boys who looked to be about 15 or 16 years old. Sona called in the sighting to Medford police and also called in her tip to the Crimestoppers hotline.

"I'm determined to get them back," said Sona.

The other missing bicycle, a white-colored Schwinn, was spotted this week in downtown Medford near Rogue Community College, Sona said. The white bicycle was being ridden by a man, according to the woman who phoned in the tip.

"It's all over Facebook," said Sona, crediting the site with helping her to raise awareness of her missing bicycles.

Sona plans to distribute posters at gas stations since the bikes are gas powered.

"If they were regular bikes I wouldn't be this concerned," said Sona.

The Sona family is offering a $200 reward for the found bicycles or a $400 reward if the find leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information about the stolen bicycles should call Medford Police at 541-774-2200.