LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is thanking the community for their generosity after a boy’s bicycle was inadvertently taken on Monday. Investigators say 12-year-old Zachary Gallagher, who has autism, rode his new bike to Newton Middle School on East Arapahoe Road in Littleton.

(credit: Arapahoe County)

He accidentally left the bike leaning on a fence next to a yellow sign that read “Free Furniture” near some furniture the school was giving away.

(credit: Arapahoe County)

The boy walked away for a moment when a truck came by and took the silver Trex bicycle with neon orange lettering. His new yellow helmet was also taken.

According to investigators, a team of 20 Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputies led by Lt. Daley pitched in to donate a new bike for Zach, but when they arrived at Pedal Bike Shop in Littleton to pay for it, the store’s owner, Andy Christman, along with Cannondale owner Kevin Bennett, picked up the tab!

(credit: Arapahoe County)

Zach and his father are very excited for the happy ending to the unfortunate incident.

“Thank you so much to everyone who offered to donate and help. We appreciate it so very much and are proud to serve you each and every day,” stated Arapahoe County in a post.

(credit: Arapahoe County)

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