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May 20, 2013 6:28 PM by Bianca Spinosa

Stolen Bicycle Returned To 8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor

A man was caught on camera apparently trying to pawn a bicycle that was stolen from an eight-year-old cancer survivor's house in Bardstown. Police need your help identifying him.

Eight-year-old Lainey Di Angelo rides her bike every chance she can get. She even named it "Butterfly." But Saturday morning, Lainey and her mom woke up to find the bike gone. It had been stolen from their front porch.

"You can't believe it's gone. You can't believe someone would do something like that, you know?" says Roger Harrell, Lainey's grandfather.

Especially because the bike was a gift from the Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville last fall. Lainey was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma, a rare cancer, when she was only six-and-a-half years old. Thanks to extensive chemotherapy, the cancer is in remission. The bike was a gift for beating cancer.

"I didn't think we'd see it again," said an emotional Harrell. "I thought maybe it was gone."

But Sunday, Lainey's grandmother went to facebook looking for answers, and checked a local pawn shop, E-Zee Money Pawn Shop. The bicycle was there. Bardstown Police looked at the surveillance video from the store, and first thing Saturday morning a man is caught on camera with Lainey's bicycle and another bicycle trying to pawn them at the register. The clerk declined to buy the bicycle, and the man left, leaning the bikes against the side of the store. The clerk decided to hold on to them in case they had been stolen. Bardstown Police were able to return the bike to Lainey.

"Generally you find it spray painted if you find it at all. She was happy. It was very special to her. It meant a lot to her," says Officer Jason Woodson.

They say once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget. Now it looks like nothing can break Lainey's stride.

If you think you recognize the man in the surveillance video, contact Bardstown Police at (502) 348-6811.


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