Mounties step up after boy’s bike gets stolen

For one West Richmond elementary school student, the holidays won’t be nearly as gloomy as they could have been.

The boy had saved up his birthday money to purchase a bicycle, only to have it stolen last month from a place he thought was safe: his school.

After the police officer assigned to his school found out about what had happened, she and fellow Mounties swooped in for the rescue.

A loonie and a toonie at a time, members of RCMP’s B watch, who challenged their colleagues on A watch, together raised about $150, just enough money to buy a replacement bike for the young man.

“It’s ridiculous that someone would steal from a school,” said RCMP Cpl. Kevin Krygier. “We’re trying to restore this kid’s faith in the community.”

The bike, along with a shiny new lock, were recently presented to the youngster, who was all smiles and really thankful for the RCMP’s gesture, as were his family.

“That was really what this was all about, helping this kid,” Krygier said.

The principal at the school said the boy’s family, who wished to remain anonymous, couldn’t afford to replace the bike.

“He was devastated because it was his birthday money,” she said.

Then a short time later, on a Monday morning, the Grade 7 student came up to his principal and said: “The police came to my house this weekend and they brought me a new bike.”

Though the principal had reached out to the police to see if they could help locate bicycle, she never expected this.

“It was wonderful news. It’s nice to have a happy-ending story these days.”

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