Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - Mon­tana Ar­don

FOUR­TEEN-year-old Tyler Co­p­land went into a fast food store in El­len­brook ear­lier this year for a few min­utes to get some food.

When he came back out­side, his BMX bike that he had left out­side was nowhere to be seen.

The theft was re­ported to El­len­brook Po­lice, and struck a nerve with Lo­cal Polic­ing Team su­per­vi­sor Sgt John Browne, who con­tacted Bike Force El­len­brook and Swan Hills MLA Frank Al­ban to see what could be done.

Af­ter hear­ing the story, Bike Force owner Mark Bailey gen­er­ously de­cided to do­nate a re­place­ment bike, which was pre­sented to the Year 9 Holy Cross Col­lege stu­dent on Thurs­day at the store.

Along with Tyler, his par­ents and Mr Al­ban, El­len­brook of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Wal Bri­er­ley came along in place of Sgt Browne, who could not make it.

Sgt Bri­er­ley stressed that this happy end­ing was a one-off.

“We have lots of bikes stolen from time to time, and we don’t do this for every­body, but this par­tic­u­lar fam­ily needed a hand, so we or­gan­ised it,” he said.

“It is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers part­ner­ing with a com­mu­nity busi­ness owner to as­sist a vic­tim of crime who is not in a po­si­tion to re­place the stolen bike.

“It also serves as a re­minder for peo­ple to lock up their be­long­ings.”

Mr Al­ban do­nated a lock so the new bike would not face the same fate as Tyler’s pre­vi­ous one.

A ju­ve­nile was charged with steal­ing the bike, but it was never re­cov­ered.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Tyler and Dar­ren Co­p­land (in fore­ground) with Swan Hills MLA Frank Al­ban, Bike Force El­len­brook owner Mark Bailey and Se­nior Sergeant Wal Bri­er­ley.­mu­ni­ d459877

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