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Police officer helps 9-year-old get new bike after his is stolen

"He's really, really nice.  I kept on thanking him and he's my favorite police officer,” Nine-year-old Collier Morgan said. "He's really, really nice. I kept on thanking him and he's my favorite police officer,” Nine-year-old Collier Morgan said.
SCOTT CITY, MO (KFVS/AP) -

A Scott City boy’s day was quickly turned around when his stolen bike was replaced with a brand new one. It's all thanks to the thoughtfulness of a local police officer and the kindness of strangers.

Collier Morgan had not had very good luck with bikes. Not one, but two of his bikes have been stolen. Now, his luck has changed and I bet you couldn't find a more grateful nine-year-old.

“This one actually has a chain guard,” Morgan said.

Complete with all the bells and whistles, Collier Morgan is sure proud of his new bike.

"I just love it because of the blue,” Morgan said.

What he is even more proud of is how he got it.

"I was just amazed. I'm like 'Whoa, I’m getting a new bike,’” Morgan said.

Collier's old bike, which he and his father had worked on together, was snatched right off the family's front porch.

"Me and dad spend a lot of time on that bike,” Morgan said.

"He was upset. This is a young man, nine-year-old little boy that rides his bike anywhere,” Scott City Police Officer Travis Sheppard said.

That's when Sheppard made a phone call to Walmart in Cape Girardeau.

"Somehow, someway Walmart took care of it,” Sheppard said.

Morgan’s bike was stolen late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. He got the new one not even 24-hours later. Sheppard credits the kindness of strangers at Walmart for the gift, but there’s one boy who is sure glad this stolen item report, to Officer Sheppard, wasn't just another report.

"Just one time having a little boy happy, you know, it's worth it,” Sheppard said.

Morgan says officers often don't get the recognition they deserve.

"They risk their lives to help save people and stuff and it's really cool and I thank them for doing that,” Morgan said.

Officer Sheppard says he and the rest of the department want kids like Morgan to know, they're on their side.

"We want kids to run to us, not away from us when they're scared,” Sheppard said.

As for Morgan, it’s clear that he's already convinced of that.

"He's really, really nice.  I kept on thanking him and he's my favorite police officer,” Morgan said.

Morgan now keeps his bike inside. Officer Sheppard recommends bike owners put their names on their bikes or something to identify it. He says that can help police recover the bike if it's ever stolen.

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