Gloversville businessman replaces stolen bicycle

June 13, 2018 06:35 PM

GLOVERSVILLE - Bella was so proud of her new bike, the one she got for her sixth birthday three months ago.

But someone stole it.

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Bella and her family went to the Randy Shop on Bleecker Street to ask owner Randy Rose to keep an eye out for it.  He runs a buy, sell, and trade store, and they thought it might pop up.

"Bella got talking about it and started crying so that kind of bothered me and everybody around. They already knew what I was going to do because they know I'm a sucker for kids," said Rose.

He went out and bought a replacement bike for her that day.

Then he decided to deliver it in the middle of the night and recorded their stealth mission on cellphone video.

"Spur of the moment, four o'clock in the morning, I don't know what we were thinking, but we figured it was stolen at night, we could go replace it at night so she'd come out in the morning and be happy," he said.

They locked it up outside Bella's home.

Then Bella's mother made her own video later that day, as the little girl came out to discover a new bike waiting for her. She was all smiles and it didn't take her long to go out for a spin and try it out.

Bella's mother told NewsChannel 13 she is very appreciative and that Randy is just that kind of person.

He said he's mad someone stole from a child and hurt the little girl by taking something important to her.

"But if I can combat that any chance I get by doing something good and showing them what it feels like to have something done like that, then maybe it'll make a difference in their life and they'll pay it forward in the future," said Rose.

This is not the first time Rose has done something like this. In fact, he's given out replacement bikes several times before, including last year when someone stole the bike of a man with special needs.


Kumi Tucker

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