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Stolen tricycle rides its way back to its owner

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) -  A Kenmore man, who was pleading for his electric tricycle back, is now thanking the community for everyone's help. The custom-made trike is now back in its owner's possession. 

Bryan Nielsen said he went to ALDI on Elmwood Avenue for groceries around 2 p.m. Thursday. He said he locked it up to a bike rack out front, but when he came back outside, it was gone. 

"It was my only means of transportation," Nielsen said during an interview Friday. "I have friends that are awesome about helping me, but I hate asking for handouts all the time."

After Nielsen's story aired on News 4, Friday, a man named Juan Hernandez called the news station.

Hernandez said he bought the trike at the corner of Hertel Avenue and Niagara Street for $100, without realizing it was stolen. He tells News 4, his wife has frequent seizures, and can't drive or ride bikes. He said wanted to build a seat on the back of the trike for her to ride with him. But when he got home with the trike, his wife informed him she had just seen it on the news. 

After Hernandez realized it was stolen, he said he wanted to get it back to its rightful owner. 

On Saturday, Hernandez and a News 4 truck helped deliver the trike back to Bryan. 

"I feel like I've kind of been fighting the world, ya know, and to see everyone coming together and have my back is just wonderful," Bryan Nielsen said after getting the trike back. "Thank you everyone."

Hernandez even charged the trike for Bryan before giving it back. 

Bryan said it looked like someone had damaged a small part of the trike, but otherwise it was in great shape. He said he's going to buy a better lock for it now. 

And Hernandez was even rewarded for getting the trike back. On Saturday morning, Bryan received a donated, non-motorized trike from a gentleman who wanted to help. After getting his trike back, Bryan gave that donated trike to Hernandez for his wife. 


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