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Bikes given as rewards to Las Vegas students stolen

Posted at 8:39 AM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 21:40:59-04

When someone stole from a bunch of children, some Good Samaritans stepped up.

Several brand-new bikes and scooters were in a storage container on school grounds. Once school started, administrators at J. T. McWilliams Elementary School realized they were all gone.

These were meant to be perfect attendance rewards for the kids. They started the bike program last year and attendance has already started to improve.

The nonprofit Breakaway Cycling heard about the news and immediately wanted to help. They're donating enough bikes and scooters to replace what was stolen.

The nonprofit's leaders were hit hard when they first got word of the theft.

"I can't judge a person. Who knows what it was that drove them to that, but for somebody to do something like that to me is just it's unthinkable," said Mark Weimer, a founder of Breakaway Cycling.

"I felt like we'd been punched in the gut. I was just sick. I was sick about it. I just thought oh my gosh who would do that," said Joanna Piette, the president of Breakaway Cycling.

The bikes are given out every quarter to the kids.