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Retired officers help man get new bike after he had two bikes stolen in the last 30 days

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Posted at 9:20 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 22:10:11-05

INDIANAPOLIS — After having two bikes stolen in the last 30 days, a man now has a new bike and lock thanks to some retired police officers and a local bike shop.

John Wessel works for Goodwill Industries and cleans the federal courthouse in downtown Indianapolis.

When his bike, which he needs to get to work, was stolen while he was at work, some of the retired law enforcement officers working in the area came together to buy him a new bike and lock.

He says he got to know the officers because he always talks to them when they are working in and around the courthouse.

Wessel was back at work when someone cut the bike lock and stole the bike.

On Thursday, a retired law enforcement officer reached out to the Lawrence Police Department to donate a bike. A local company, Matthew's Bicycles, agreed to donate a bike to Wessel.

Police are still looking for the suspects who stole his bike. Wessel says he hopes nothing bad happens to them but doesn't know why they would steal it.

“I don’t know if you just need transportation to get somewhere or stuff that you need," Wessel said. "If I had my own shirt on my back and that person needed it, I would have just gave it. I wouldn’t care. There are jobs out there people can do to make money. There’s always something, roofing, anything. Just don’t take people’s stuff. If you can’t earn it, don’t take it.”