ENID, Oklahoma— For the past month, Braxton Boster has been practically glued to the saddle of his brand new bike.
The 3-year-old loves spending time outdoors, so he was thrilled when his mum, Balee Stuart, bought the Mongoose Mutant Kids orange and black 16-inch BMX-style bike – which Boster chose specifically – for him after Valentine’s Day.
Boster’s bike, however, was stolen earlier this week. In a social media post, Stuart asked community members for help locating the bike and reported the theft to Enid Police Department on Wednesday.
An EPD member saw the message and decided to do something about it, and with the help of the Walmart Supercenter in Enid, the EPD B-team patrollers were able to deliver an identical bike to Boster on Thursday afternoon .
“Things like this make you feel good – knowing that your community has come together to help a child like this,” Stuart said. “It was definitely a blessing, that’s for sure.”
Stuart said Boster, who loves spending time outdoors, appreciated being able to cycle with his first “big kid”, who was accidentally left outside on Tuesday night.
After Stuart noticed the bike missing on Wednesday, she searched the apartment complex but saw it nowhere. Boster was upset when Stuart told him the bike had probably been taken.
Then, after EPD contacted her, Stuart told Boster he was going to buy a new bike.
“They pulled over and he saw the orange tires (of the bike) behind the police cruiser,” Stuart said. “He was excited.”
EPD spokesperson Cass Rains said Boster was a bit shy when officers arrived.
“At first he was pretty worried and… was hiding behind (Stuart),” Rains said. “Then he started checking the tires and the brakes, and he jumped in and was ready to go.”
Officers also gave Boster a lock for the bike and a bag full of EPD treats. In return, Boster gave them cookies as a thank you.
And Boster is grateful. Stuart said his son kept telling him to “thank the police” all Friday morning.
“(Boster) really likes police officers. Every time he sees them he wants to go and say ‘hi’ or something, … so seeing as much as yesterday he was in shock,” Stuart said. “He will remember that.”
The Enid community, Rains said, “looks after” EPD, so wherever possible the department wants to give back as much as it can.
“This specific incident has tugged at the heartstrings,” Rains said. “It’s important to have a bike when you’re 3, so we just wanted to make sure (Boster) had one.”
EPD asks anyone with information about the stolen bike to contact EPD. The file number is 2022-2387.