Precious Bike Stolen Months Ago Returned To 11-year-old


We have an update to a Crime Stoppers story we brought you back in June. You may remember this video of a woman stealing a bike off of a porch in Visalia. That bike belonged to 11-year-old Scarlett Zigler and it was the final gift from her grandfather before he died. We’ve learned she recently got the bike back after months of wondering. 

It was a heartbreaking crime an 11-year-old’s bike stolen right off her front porch, but the bike also had sentimental value. It was the last gift Scarlett Zigler got from her grandfather before he passed away. She told us back in June how badly she wanted it back.

“If I ever got it back I would probably cry,” said Zigler. 

After months of wondering if she’d see it again, the bike has returned home.  

“I had kind of given up hope, but dreams do come true,” said Zigler. 
Visalia Police investigators say they’ve identified the suspect, but it was social media and the “Ring” surveillance camera community that led Scarlett’s family to the bike left outside a neighbor’s home. 

“We had a message from a person down the street and they had my bike and I got my bike back I was so happy,” said Zigler.  

For Scarlett, she’s getting back more than just a bike, but a memory of her late grandfather. 

“It feels really good to know that I have it and I can always remember him,” said Zigler. 

While this story has a satisfying ending for Scarlett, she says she learned a lot. 

“Don’t leave your stuff out because it’s going to get snatched quick,” said Zigler. 

The Visalia Police Department credits Scarlett’s family’s decision to invest in a surveillance system and the power of social media for helping to bring her bike home. Investigators say they’ll continue to follow up this case to decide if they’ll make an arrest. 

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