Berks Co. Sheriff’s Dept Press Release: On Friday, April 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., members of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department will arrive at Tom Masano Mercedes on Lancaster Avenue to accept a donation of four Fuji mountain bikes. Two of the bikes are being donated by Tom Masano Mercedes, a third by BAMBA (Berks Area Mountain Biking Association) and the fourth by the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area. The part of the Schuylkill River Bike Trail known as the Thun Trail will be patrolled on random days at random times.
Sheriff Eric Weaknecht is looking forward to working with and assisting police agencies that have primary jurisdiction in those areas and notes that law enforcement presence on the trail should deter crime. Criminal activity over the past year includes a fatal shooting, assaults, stabbing and robbery attempts. Vandalism, trespassing, underage drinking and unauthorized use of motor vehicles have also been increasingly reported.