Former WSU QB: 'Thank You' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Former WSU QB: 'Thank You'

SPOKANE, Wash. – Former WSU Quarterback Drew Bledsoe is thanking two Coeur d'Alene teenagers for recovering his stolen bike earlier this month.

Bledsoe reached out to the two on Wednesday after learning they alerted police to a mountain bike earlier this month that turned out to be stolen from his SUV.

"They were raised by good parents who know what's right and what's wrong," he said. "I want to say thanks for stepping up and doing the right thing."

Bledsoe is in Boston where he will be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame later this week.  The former NFL quarterback played for three teams after leading the Washington State Cougars. 

Bledsoe and his family were visiting friends in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho over the Labor Day weekend.  Bledsoe's wife noticed his mountain bike was missing from the back of their car when they stopped at a gas station.

"I've had things stolen before that I haven't gotten back," he said.

19-year-old Kelsea Justus saw a neighbor hide a new bike in a shrub near her home.  The suspect reportedly told her the bike was stolen and asked her to help hide it. She refused.

Justus told her 15-year-old brother, Nate, to call police.  Detectives recovered the bike and realized it was the bike Bledsoe reported stolen.  Authorities are coordinating how to return the bike.

In the meantime, Bledsoe called the teens to thank them.  He talked briefly with Kelsea and plans to call Nate on Wednesday afternoon or evening.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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