A young victim of a bicycle theft is back on the road after a Crime Stoppers post inspired a couple business owners to replace the boy’s bike.

A 12-year-old boy is the proud owner of a brand new bike – to replace his previous one, which was stolen earlier this month.

On Saturday, March 11th, Victoria Police received a report that a bike was stolen from a residence in the 600-block of Constance Avenue. The bike belonged to a 12-year-old boy, and it was given to him as a birthday gift just a month before.

In a release, VicPD said investigators forwarded the details of the incident to Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers, who featured the incident as their “Crime of the Week” on March 27th.

When news of the theft got out, people came forward offering to help the boy replace his bicycle.

“The Crime Stoppers post garnered the interest of Josh Shepherd from Shep’s Moving and Mike Craycroft from Vic City Exteriors. The two men teamed up to purchase a new bike for the boy,” VicPD said in the release.

Marty’s Mountain Cycle in Esquimalt sold the bike at a discount and threw in a new lock for security.

“After a rough couple of weeks, it was so nice to see a smile on my son’s face again,” said the boy’s mother.

“That smile says it all.”

The stolen bike is described as a grey Rocky Mountain mountain bike with red and black stripes.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the VicPD non-emergency line at 250-995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.