Owner heartbroken over stolen bike
Updated: August 29, 2012 11:21AM
To the person who stole my son’s bike, I want you to know the story behind the bike you stole, after you picked the lock from Highland Middle School sometime between the afternoon of June 2 and 10 p.m., June 3.
The bike belongs to my son, Christopher James -- or CJ -- who is 12 years old. CJ is the youngest of our four boys and is very familiar with the word hand-me-down. But last year CJ did extremely well in school as a fifth grader. In fact he got all A’s on his report card and was named ‘Cougar of the Year’ at Copeland Elementary. His dad and I wanted to do something special for CJ. We decided CJ should have a brand new bike to ride to the middle school for the next three years.
It took CJ three weeks to finally decide on his bike. We looked at a brown bike at Costco, even brought it home to return it the next day, and a blue one at Target. But his heart was set on the green and black Trek he saw at Libertyville Cyclery. CJ knew it was more than we wanted to spend but the boy had never asked for anything before. You see, CJ had to live through his dad being unemployed for 18 months and knew money was tight. Besides, he’s just an all around thoughtful kid.
CJ didn’t ride his bike to school if there was rain in the forecast and he always locked it up. You probably noticed that it doesn’t have a scratch on it. CJ treated his bike really well and always used the kick-stand.
You should know that CJ has cried about the bike and is still very sad. He had to learn a life lesson a little earlier than I had liked - that there are some people in the world who are just plain mean. Now you know a little about my really awesome son and the story behind his green and black Trek 3500, 16-inch mountain bike.
If you happen to have a change in heart, you can contact Detective Chad at the Libertyville Police Dept. or just drop the bike off there - no questions asked.
Mary Allen, Libertyville