INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Most days you'll find six-year-old Wyatt Jordan playing outside. A week ago Tuesday, Wyatt was riding his new bike with his mom, and the two decided to go home for a couple minutes, so Wyatt put his bike in the garage.
In a matter of minutes, Wyatt's mom, Renee, heard the dogs barking and saw the bike being taken away.
"I jumped into the car and I said, 'Stay here,' and I took off after them," Renee said.
She couldn't find the thief, but she filed a police report, feeling somewhat helpless.
"Stealing from my child, it devastated me to know that someone would actually do that, to take a child's bicycle," Renee said.
Wyatt was confused and upset.
"I wanted to go get it back, I really wanted to," he said.
Later out of desperation, Renee posted an ad on Craigslist offering to pay the thief if he or she brought the bike back. Then an amazing thing happened- total strangers started responding offering to buy Wyatt a new bike.
"These people don't know us, they see that someone has stolen a bicycle from a child, and they're willing to do whatever they can for someone they don't know," Renee said.
Renee said even Independence police officers pooled their money and offered to help. Renee said she could buy the bike, instead Wyatt had another request.
"Can I ride in the back of the cop car?" he asked.
So on the day Wyatt went with his parents to pick out a new bike, Independence police were there too, and they gave Wyatt's bike a safe ride home.
"He was ecstatic, and it was just fantastic and I can't say thank you enough, and I'm still trying to think of a way to repay them," Renee said.
While Wyatt learned one hurtful lesson, he also learned people, even ones you don't know, can be counted on when times are tough.
Wyatt's bike was paid for by one man who gave the family a gift card to a sporting goods store. He refused to take 'No' for an answer. Wyatt now keeps his bike in the dining room because he's afraid if it's left in the garage, it'll be stolen again.