KENNEWICK — Two 15-year-old Kennewick boys found out the hard way that stealing bikes from the children of Ronald and Candy Johnson was not a good move.
The Johnsons discovered Sunday morning that two bikes, belonging to two of their four children, had been stolen from their yard on South Neel Court in Kennewick some time Saturday night.
“The kid down the street brought one of the bikes to us after he found it in his yard,” Ronald Johnson said. “The other bike was still missing so we called the Kennewick Police and reported it stolen.”
But the Johnsons didn’t stop there. They piled into the family pickup — Mom, Dad and all four kids — and started driving around the neighborhood hoping they’d find the missing bike.
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A few blocks from their home, they spotted a teenage boy with the missing BMX freestyle bike.
“My wife immediately called the police and they came right away,” Johnson said. “The bike had some scratches on it where they tried to scrape off the stickers, but other than that it wasn’t damaged.”
Kennewick Police officer Elizabeth Brown said three suspects were apprehended in a field near Highlands Middle School with more than one possibly stolen bike. One of the suspects had an outstanding warrant.
Two of the three suspects were arrested and will be charged with possession of stolen property in Benton Franklin Juvenile Court, she said.
“I think it’s important that people take more personal action when it comes to this kind of crime,” Johnson said. “We did what we were suppose to do and reported the theft to police.”
Johnson also felt strongly that because police aren’t always able to give immediate attention to a all reported crime, that it was crucial that citizens help out by keeping their eyes and ears alert.
And in the case of the Johnson family, go in search of the missing bike immediately.
“We were lucky and found those kids right away,” he said.
He likes to think he helped not only retrieve his daughter’s stolen bicycle, but aided the community and the police in getting a couple criminals off the street for a while.
* Dori O’Neal: 509-582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org