A 12-year-old boy has been reunited with his beloved bicycle, thanks to the quick thinking and generosity of a Nanaimo Mountie.
Cameryn White, 12, was devastated last May when his bicycle went missing.
A neighbour’s security camera recorded fuzzy pictures of a thief sawing the lock and the bike was reported stolen.
But Cameryn still faced a summer with no bike.
Then, on Oct. 29, RCMP Const. Mark Long noticed a man pushing two bicycles and one scooter. One of the bicycles bore a 529 Garage sticker, an online registration for bicycles in Canada and the U.S.
A quick check revealed the bicycle was registered to Cameryn and had been reported stolen.
The man told Long he had found it, so the police officer said he would return it to the owner. The bicycle was pretty bashed up, so Long took it to a local bike shop and paid to have it cleaned up and refurbished.
The following day, Cameryn’s mother was telephoned with the good news and brought her son to the detachment.
“We’re not sure who was happier, Const. Long or Cameryn,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, spokesman for the Nanaimo detachment.
To learn more about 529 Garage and how to register your own bicycle, go to project529.com/garage.