MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Surveillance cameras were rolling in Southwest Miami-Dade when teenage thieves grabbed a brand-spanking new bicycle worth nearly $2,000 from an open garage.
“We noticed two gentlemen coming in the garage and taking the bike and then coming out with it,” said Miami Realtor Anthony Denito, owner of the house. “We noticed what they were wearing.”
The bike was going to be used by Denito’s Ride for Kids, a charity that helps kids at local children’s hospitals.
After the theft, Denito sprang into action, finding the neighborhood teens who stole the bike. Four teens were arrested by Miami-Dade police. The bike was returned but not in good enough condition to be raffled off.
“Last night the bike was returned damaged,” Denito said. “So unfortunately, we weren’t able to use it for what we intended to use it for.”
Luckily, some Good Samaritans stepped in.
Molina Health Care presented Denito with a $1,900 check to purchase a new bike.
“We saw this fit our mission statement to help, so we donated this money to upgrade the bike so they can go ahead with their plans,” said Steve Snider, of Molina Health Care.
Local bike shop All 4 Cycling sweetened the deal by adding upgrades to the new bike, making it worth well over $2,000. The hope is it’ll raise as much as $3,000 for local children’s hospitals.
“This is great news because it shows community involvement and because it’s going to help kids in local facilities and we are all taking care of the kids,” said Denito.
Denito’s Ride for Kids takes place in October when cyclists will peddle from West Kendall to the Redland to raise money for children’s hospitals.