Replacement Bicycle Found

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

He is the autistic boy who wanted to help others then he became the victim of a petty crime. His cherished bicycle was stolen and ever since then he has searched for it in vain.

Now others want to help Jack Loth, with an offer of a new bicycle almost identical to the one that was taken.

When we first met Jack Loth he was walking backward in order to raise money for the Special Olympics. Kelly smith noticed too.

Kelly Smith says, "Very incredible young man that kind of drew my attention right there."

So when Smith learned that Jack's bike was stolen he wanted to do something about it and because he is a bike mechanic Smith felt he may be able to help.

But Jack doesn't want any new bike he wants the bike that was taken from him. He made that clear when we spoke to him a couple weeks ago.

Jack Loth says, "He was going to give it to me so it could get redone to make it exactly like the same kind of bike that has been stolen."

Having worked on bicycles for the past 25-years Kelly Smith understands that kind of passion. He knows how important a bike can be.

Kelly Smith says, "You get attached to a bike after you've been on it so long and then when it's gone it's virtually impossible to replace but we're going to do our best to do that."

Smith hopes this beach comer does the trick.

Kelly Smith says, "It's red and black not solid red but I truly believe the young man would love it."

Smith lives for the moments when people find the right bike.

Kelly Smith says, "They are my passion, bikes and the people that ride them that is where it's at. And kids, being in the business, anything you can do to help kids out this is where it's at."

Jack's mother tells Channel 6 News he is still looking for his bike around the neighborhood. We have sent the Loths a picture of the bike being offered to Jack but no word on whether or not he would like to have it.

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