Local heroes: Police officers buy 7-year-old boy new bike after his is stolen in south Fresno

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A sweet story coming out of south Fresno: Police officers responded to a report of a child’s bike being stolen two weeks after he was gifted it for his birthday, and they made sure he wasn’t without a bike for long.

It all started on March 16 when officers responded to the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Annadale Avenue for a report of a stolen bike.

The 7-year-old boy’s mother said Josiah’s bike was stolen by two boys when he was riding around his apartment complex.

The stolen bicycle was described as a black and purple Kent Ambush boys bicycle. Family members and the officers searched the area, but were unable to find the bicycle or the boys who stole it. 

Not wanting Josiah to be without a bicycle, officers chipped in and, with the generosity of the employees at Walmart on West Shaw Avenue, they were able to buy a new bicycle for Josiah.

“Josiah was very appreciative and posed for a picture with his new bicycle and newly found heroes,” police say.

The officers involved in the kind surprise are Officer Blake Dudley, Cpl. Daniel Messick and Officer Charles Martinez of the Fresno Police Department.

Anyone with information leading to the location of the stolen bicycle is asked to call the Fresno Police Department at 559-621-7000. You can remain anonymous by calling Valley Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP(7867). 

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