Mar 7, 2016 5:47 PM
Dunbarton police to surprise 10-year-old with his stolen bike that traveled across US
DUNBARTON - A bicycle that was stolen in Oregon somehow made its way across the country to New Hampshire, and police are planning a nice surprise for its original owner.
On Feb. 23, the Dunbarton Police Department posted to Facebook about a bicycle they found at the Kuncanowet Town Forest in Dunbarton, and that they had no idea how it got there.
Turns out, it was stolen from a 10-year-old boy named Joseph when he was playing with his friends outside in Jefferson, Oregon.
Dunbarton Police Department Sgt. Chris Remillard said Monday, "I was on patrol on a Sunday afternoon and came across two abandonded bicycles on Holiday Shore Drive.
I did a records search on one of the bicycles and it came back stolen out of Oregon back in 2015."
Sgt. Remillard said that he has no idea how it ended up here. Eventually he spoke on the phone with the victim's mother. "There was a lot of confusion on both ends," he said. "She seemed pretty surprised."
They discussed options of what do do with the bike, which included auctioning it off or donating it to charity. After thinking about it, he said, he decided to work with others in the department, get some money together and send it back.
"It was important to do the right thing and get it back to him, especially since it means so much to him."
Sgt. Remillard had high praise for S & W Sports in Concord, which has worked to clean up the bike and ship it. "They've been so helpful."
"Hopefully it'll be a good surprise for him.," he said.
Dunbarton PD made a post to Facebook Monday revealing their plans: