Pay It Forward: Officer replaces 10-year-old’s stolen bike

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 30, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 12:20 AM

LIBERTY, Texas -- It’s a story that starts with a 10-year-old’s bike being stolen, and ends with “pay it forward” gestures all over town. Logan Carter received a new bike this past Christmas.

He rode it every day for a month until someone stole it from his family’s front yard.

Logan’s mother searched the entire neighborhood and couldn’t find it. She quickly realized her son wasn’t getting it back, or so she thought.

“I was hurting because he was upset, and there was nothing I could do,” said mother Heather Carter.

Heather immediately called the Liberty Police Department.

An officer came to take a report and assured the family he’d do everything to track down the bike.

Two days later, Officer Andrew Reis showed back up with a blue Mongoose bicycle. It looked almost identical to the one that was stolen, but it wasn’t.

“I was like, 'Oh my gosh, he got me a new bike,'” said Logan. “I learned there are bad people in this world, but there’s still good people."

Officer Andrew Reis says he could tell how upset Logan was about the theft. Reis recalled his bicycle being stolen when he was a kid and how it felt.

“Something struck me, and I felt like I wanted to help out in any way that I could,” said Officer Reis, with the Liberty Police Department.

Officer Reis says if anyone deserves credit it’s an employee at the Liberty Walmart. The employee helped to get the bike donated after hearing Logan’s story.

“It hit her too, and from there, it kind of snowballed into a gesture,” said Officer Reis.

Logan didn’t feel it was right to accept the bicycle officer Reis had brought to him.

The 10-year-old had already received a new bike from anonymous donors in the community after his mother posted the story on Facebook.

“I told him I want to give it back to ya’ll in case a kid’s bike gets stolen,” said Logan. “I hope a kid gets it that needs a bike because that would really make me happy.”

Heather says the entire experience has warmed her heart.

“The kindness and generosity of strangers, it brings up that there are more good people than there are bad,” said Heather.

Her son has a message for all of those bad people out there, including the one that stole his bike.

“Why would you steal a kid’s bike? It doesn’t really make you feel like a man, does it?,” asked Logan.

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