An Ames police officer was able to turn a common crime into something extraordinary for one young boy with the help of a local business.
Patrol Officer Vince Junior responded to a call of a stolen bike at the home of Jen McClung-Coppoc Friday. Her five-year-old son Fionn’s bike had been stolen from their yard a few days prior.
“I came home and realized his bike was missing,” said McClung-Coppoc. “(Fionn’s) first response was we should call the police and tell them.”
When Officer Vince Jr. arrived, Fionn was ready.
“He was adamant about calling the police,” said Officer Jr. “He draws some chalk arrows where the bike was, where the crime had occurred.”
It was a tough case with no leads, but Fionn wasn’t giving up so Officer Jr. didn’t either.
He headed over to Skunk River Cycles where he had recently learned the business donated bicycles that they had repaired.
“It was the right thing, at the time right and the right person,” said owner Ron Ritz. “As a small town member, you’re responsible to not just yourself but the community. It’s just nice to give someone a bike.”
Officer Vince Jr. hand delivered the bike to the family the same day he initially took their report.
“It was amazing, sweet and above and beyond the call of duty for sure,” said McClung-Coppoc.
The exchange is the mark of a friendship that’s just beginning.
“I have a feeling this will be the start of a good relationship, I’m sure we’ll see each other in town,” said McClung-Coppoc.
“I’m sure I’ll see him around, hopefully on his bike riding!” said Officer Vince Jr.
Skunk River Cycles is low on boys bikes at this time. They ask if anyone has bikes they would like to donate to send them their way, and they will make sure they end up in good hands.