Winter Haven boy with autism gets stolen bike back - WFLA News Channel 8

Winter Haven boy with autism gets stolen bike back

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WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) - Twelve-year-old Tristan Roller had just mastered bike riding two weeks before he walked outside to find his bicycle was gone. 

The Roller family considered the bike a loss but to teach Tristan a lesson, they filed a police report.

The report struck a chord with Winter Haven Police Department’s Officer Pete Kreticos, who posted the provided picture to Facebook and sent it out to all shifts of officers, hoping it might be found.

Tuesday, the good discovery happened.  Another officer responded to a domestic call about two miles from the Roller house, and noticed the bike in the garage.  The homeowner said he was given the bike and cooperated fully with police when they told him it had been stolen. 

Finally, Tristan was reunited with his beloved bike.

“We sat there and said, ‘We know there is nothing that can be done,’” mother Stephanie Couture-Roller said.  “I mean, it’s probably easier to catch a murderer than it is to catch stolen bikes.  And when he called Nick and left a message we were floored.  Just absolutely floored,” she said.

Tristan’s mother said the bike allows him to experience a taste of freedom that, with his condition, is rare.

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