In June, Jerrell Roberts Eliot was biking home when he was struck and killed by a driver who left the scene. That hit and run driver has never been found. Shortly thereafter, a ghost bike was locked up near the site of the crash.
Since then, someone has stolen the back wheel off the bike
This is nothing really new. For as long as there have been ghost bikes, there have been people who are all-too-willing to steal part or all of them. Someone also stole the ghost bike left for Timothy Holden in Bethesda. Still, it's a very cold move.
It's why I'd rather see them install ghost racks - a single inverted U bike rack, painted white, with the cyclists name on it. It would serve much the same purpose, and also be a bike rack.