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Video catches thief red-handed, family hoping for them to do the right thing

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A bike thief here in the Fort was caught red-handed on camera Sunday night, thanks to the family's Ring doorbell system. A young woman in the video appears to sneak onto the Elzey family's front porch at night, but just as she makes her getaway she hit the door. The bang from the bike hitting the door alerted the family that something was wrong and they checked their Ring video just in time to see the woman ride away on their son's bike.

While the family tried to stop her, they were too late. That's when Amy Elzey took to Facebook to see if anyone had seen her son Ethan's bike. To many, a bike is just a bike. But to Ethan, his bike is so much more. He rides his bike nearly every day. Ethan has autism, and a lot of the things he does involve adults. When Ethan's on his bike, though, he can be all by himself going around the block. His mom says his bike is his independence, and that's why it's important.

Many neighbors has reached out to the Elzey family, saying they love watching Ethan go around on his bike. While many have offered to buy him a new bike, his family says that isn't the point. His mom says she hopes people will realize that little things like this can have big impacts.

So far, the family has no leads. The family doesn't plan on involving the police. They're hoping that whoever took the bike will return it and apologize to Ethan.

Liz Szewczyk

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