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The Grinch was here: Bicycle donation has unhappy ending for DeLand kids
By Jen Horton
posted Jan 7, 2014 - 11:35:29am
For one family involved in the Dec. 23 DeLand Police Department bicycle giveaway, the story had an unhappy ending.
As police officers and members of the DeLand Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association prepared new and refurbished bicycles for giving to youngsters for Christmas, two boys approached the Police Station at 219 W. Howry Ave. The younger of the two boys told the officers he and his brothers weren’t going to have a Christmas.
An officer was dispatched to the boys’ South Parsons Avenue home to check with the parents, and he reported back that bicycles would be appreciated.
Arrangements were quickly made to add the boys to the list of bicycle recipients, and the Alumni Association hastily purchased three $79 bicycles at Walmart.
The bikes were delivered later that day by officers in police vehicles with their flashing lights blazing, and DeLand resident Susan Kettles said her boys were delighted with the gifts.
However, the story had a grim ending.
"The bikes were stolen the next day," Kettles said.
The DeLand Police Department confirmed the theft, and has the serial numbers of the three missing bicycles on file.
Officers checked on a report from neighbors of the Kettles, that youngsters were seen riding similar bicycles, but the serial numbers on those bikes proved they weren’t the stolen ones, police said.
The Kettles boys have been put at the top of the list to receive bicycles from the next batch refurbished by the Police Department, but no one knows when that might be.
Anyone with information about the bicycle theft on South Parsons Avenue is asked to call the DeLand Police Department at 386-734-1711.
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