CENTRAL, La (FOX44) — Dale Tidwell looked long and hard to find the right bike for his 14-year-old son, Dalen.
"Pedal links, gears, tires, everything was made special just for him," says Tidwell.
Dalen has cerebral palsy. The bike was a gift to help him get around better. "It was clear that it wasn't a bike for an average child," his father explains.
Last week, Dalen's bike was stolen from it's usual spot in the Tidwell's backyard. "[Dalen] was called immediately, and of course, the first questions are 'Why? What are we gonna do? Can I get it back?' and 'that's how I get around.'"
The bike wasn't locked up, but Dale's parents say there was never any need. They've lived there for 17 years, and this is the first time there's been trouble. They say several bikes have been stolen from the neighborhood since May.
"It makes us wonder what we need to change, or do different," Tidwell says.
Now, the family will keep the rest of their bikes under lock and key. It's something they never thought they'd have to do. "It gives us some peace of mind," Tidwell explains.
The family is also searching for the person who took the bike.
"On the inside, I'm just thinking that somebody knew of his condition and took it anyway."
They hope that person will do the right thing, and bring it back. "Realize the heart that you broke, and what goes around comes around, and I hope it comes around for you."