Co-Workers Replace Local Man's Stolen Bike

  • 8/1/2016 4:25:22 PM
  • WMFD Staff
  • Local News

LEXINGTON, OH - When Kevin Roberson's bicycle was stolen while he was working, his co-workers stepped in to purchase him a replacement.

Saturday, July 27th, Roberson rode his bike as usual across town to get to his job. Around 11 a.m. Roberson's coworker Richard Metcalf, who was accustomed to seeing the bike secured behind the carbonation tank outside, asked Roberson how he had gotten to work that day. Roberson realized his bike was missing after first thinking Metcalf was pulling a joke on him. 

"He thought that I did something with it. That I moved it or something and hid it from him," stated Metcalf.

After realizing this was not a prank, the employees viewed the security footage from the camera behind the store. On the camera, a person was seen riding off with Roberson's bicycle. The police were alerted, but for the time being Roberson had no way to commute to and from work.

"All I could think was I'm going to have to wake up even earlier now just so I can walk," said Roberson. "[This job is] all I have."

That's when five of Roberson's co-workers came together to help. They each donated money, and Richard Metcalf obtained permission to leave during his shift to purchase a new bicycle for Roberson, along with a new bike lock. Metcalf secured the new bike in the same location Roberson usually kept his previous bike, and went inside and surprised Roberson with the key.

As for their motives behind helping Roberson? Metcalf commented, "We like him. He's a nice guy, and that's his only way to get to work."

Roberson really likes the bike and thinks it is even better than his stolen bicycle. "Its a little faster. I get here in about a half-hour now... I don't have to worry about it falling apart on me."

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