JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Even before the story of a 10-year-old boy who lost his stolen bike to a pawn shop aired on First Coast News at 11 on Friday, you answered the call.
Andrew Duncan, a disabled 4th grader, had his bike stolen, and can't get it back, even though his whole family knows where it is.
FCN posted a preview of this story on our Facebook and Twitter pages and you answered the call, with many of you stepping up and offering to donate a bike to him.
Thanks to you, Andrew and his brother are taken care of, but you can still donate bikes to homeless students in Duval County during the FCN/I'm A STAR Telethon from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday. Just bring them to our station, 1070 East Adams Street, Jacksonville, during that time.
If you plan to bring a bike tomorrow morning, give us a call at (904) 633-8808 so we can watch out for you.
Here is Andrew's original story:
For now, Andrew Duncan can only look at his bike through the window of a pawn shop.
The man who allegedly stole it, sold the bike for cash, and until his trial, that's where the bike has to stay.
These days, Andrew shares a bike with his brother Matthew.
"It's extremely frustrating," said his mother Charity Reinel-Duncan.
Two months ago, the father of one of his classmates at school stole the bike, according to a police report, to get money to buy his wife a birthday present.
"He was completely heartbroken. He's crying day in and day out, 'give me my bike back, please, give me my bike back,'" Duncan said.
The man allegedly sold it to a pawn shop before he confessed to a police officer.
Duncan said her son has a mental disability and doesn't understand what happened.
"People are saying 'it's just a bike.' No, it's not just a bike to him," she said.
The State Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case, and working with the family to get Andrew's bike back.
But the alleged thief has pleaded not guilty, so until his trial, the bike will stay at the pawn shop, on hold, for a resolution.
"Look at the victim, what's going on in the victim's mind. Why does the criminal have more of a right than a 10 year old little boy?" Duncan said.
FCN spoke with the pawn shop and they said they followed the law to a tee. They got the man's license and picture and submitted a claim form to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
They say the bike is on hold, and they will not sell it to another buyer.
First For You, what are the rules for pawn shops? All pawn shops have to take a picture ID from every customer, and submit a form to JSO. Everything automatically has a three-day hold to make sure it wasn't stolen.
First Coast News