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Thieves steal special needs bike; community works to replace it

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - Just days before Christmas thieves steal three bikes from a Middletown home, including a custom made bike, built for a teen with special needs.

 "Wheeled them right through there, all three of them," said Corky Lawson as she pointed out the footprints still fresh in the snow where she says thieves wheeled her grandson's bicycle away. 

She says they busted the lock on her daughter's garage and stole all  three bikes inside. 

"I was pretty mad," said Austin Brewer, who's biked was stolen.

Austin and Tyler are even more upset about their brother Cody's bike being stolen.

"He can't just walk up and down the street to visit the neighbor and stuff, so he rides his bike," Lawson said.

Cody has Cerebral Palsy and often has to use a wheelchair, he can also have sudden seizures which is why the family hasn't told him about the theft. The $600 bike built especially for him, now in the hands of thieves.

"It's sickening," Lawson said.

But, the community is helping Cody and his brothers get back on their bikes. Randy Lewis heard about the story and posted on his website MiddletownUSA.com, and within hours the donations came pouring in.

"Right now we have close to $500, we really need to do something about this, it's Christmas, we wish that we could get the bike today," Lewis said.

The custom bike won't be finished in time for Christmas, but the boys say so long as they can push the pedals a late present will do.

"I think it's pretty cool," Brewer said.

"It's unbelievable, I thank everyone," Lawson said.

The community support comes right on time, today is Cody's 17th birthday.

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