Belton: Community replaces stolen bikes at elementary school

Published: Jan. 31, 2020 at 1:48 AM CST
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Two students at Southwest Elementary in Belton were devastated when their unsecured bikes were stolen, until an anonymous community member replaced the bikes, and the police department donated locks to the school.

Ashley Becker says her son, Cody, was forced to walk home from school last Thursday after two men came on the the campus at Southwest Elementary and took her son's and a classmate's bikes.

She says typically she has him lock his bike at the school, but recently noticed other students weren't locking theirs, so on cold mornings, she told her son it was okay to leave it unlocked.

The school filed a police report when the bikes were taken.

Lieutenant Daniel Aguirre oversees Belton's school resource officers, when he heard of the incident he called the school to offer help by donating unused locks at the police station for any student to use to secure their bikes.

"I don't want anyone to think that it's a minor crime and that we don't care about these types of crimes compared to other ones, especially when it involves the theft of bikes belonging to kids," Lt. Aguirre said.

Becker spread the word about her sons missing bike on social media, hoping to make other parents in the area aware, but she says she was glad something good came out of it all when the locks were donated.

"It's a small town small school the bike lock and the office are so close and this still happened," Becker said.

She was shocked when her son went to school the next day and she got a call that someone donated a new bike to her son, a brand new version of the same bike he lost.

"I have no idea who they are but whoever they are they're amazing and restored my faith in humanity," Becker said. "Now I don't have to replace my son's bike which was a blessing in itself because bikes are really expensive."

Assistant Principal Tammie Baggerly describes Southwest Elementary as a neighborhood school, she says no crime like this has ever taken place on its campus.

However, born and raised in Belton, she says the positive outcome of the entire thing, is no surprise to her.

"We’re so fortunate to live in a community where people come together and help one another," Baggerly said.