An investigation is underway after a man with special needs said a thief was caught on camera stealing his specialized bicycle as well as some of his independence.
Home surveillance footage shows an unidentified man on the porch of a home on Blair Mill Road in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, at 5:42 p.m. Tuesday. The man pulls the tarp off a bike on the porch, grabs it and then walks off.
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“There he is, brazen as can be, walking up on my porch and taking it, like he belonged there,” Traci Morgan, the homeowner, told NBC10.
The stolen bike belongs to Morgan’s son, 24-year-old Tyler Becker. Becker, who has special needs, works two jobs and uses the bike to get to one of them. During Wednesday’s frigid temperatures, he had to walk to work rather than ride his bike.
Morgan told NBC10 she spotted the thief in another video walking down Blair Mill Road toward Route 611 while carrying the bike.
“I just felt horrible,” Becker said. “And I won’t stop until my bike is home to me.”
After NBC10's initial story, Becker and Morgan were contacted by strangers offering to help them buy a new bike.
"Tyler and I are overwhelmed by the amount of support people have shown through Facebook and NBC10 and even phone calls and text messages," she said. "I'd like to thank each and every person for the generous offers that they've been making."
Morgan still told NBC10 she wants to wait before she accepts any offers however.
"At this time Tyler and I want you to know that we have complete confidence in Horsham Township Police Department and believe that in time they are going to bring Tyler's bike home," she said.
If you have any information on the theft, please call Horsham Township Police at 215-643-8284.