I would like to extend many thanks to the Langley RCMP, to the person who reported seeing my bike in the hands of an "unlikely" individual, and in particular, to Constable Kennard for his work in recovering my stolen road bike.
My family experienced a break-in to our workshop/shed at our home in Willoughby the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 9. Thankfully, the only item missing was my rather expensive and well-loved road bike.
Cst. Kennard arrived at our home shortly after the break-in was reported late Wednesday morning.
Fortunately, not long after he was made aware of the theft, a concerned citizen called the RCMP to report seeing an expensive-looking bike in Langley City. Though the description given in the report did not perfectly fit that of my missing bike, I thank Cst. Kennard for making the decision to investigate further.
He did, in fact, locate and recover my bike; he even had the thoughtfulness to return it to me, in person, at home.
The time-frame from reporting the break-in to having my bike recovered was less than four hours.
The constable spent a lot of time with my family, showing us ways to secure our shed. His time, knowledge, and advice were greatly appreciated.
This occurrence has served as a wake-up call in many respects. One of the keys to being able to recover my bike was that I was able to provide the serial number to the police. Please use my story as a reminder to record serial numbers for all bikes and other personal property. It may save you from unnecessary heartache down the road!
I am grateful to know that Langley RCMP has dedicated, caring, and professional members such as Cst. Kennard.
I am also grateful to know that people in our community are attentive and really do care enough to call the police when something "just doesn't look right."
In this case, I was certainly lucky, but having caring, professional people there to assist my family after a break-in surely does mean that more than just plain old luck resulted in a happy ending.
Michelle Aspinall, Willoughby