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Man gets new bike after old one was stolen

(Source: Challie Tate's Facebook) (Source: Challie Tate's Facebook)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Region 8 man got a surprise after someone stole his bike. 

“We were like we have to do something, we can’t just let him walk the six miles from where he is staying to work and then the six miles back,” recruiter at People Source Challie Tate said.

Steven Sims bikes to and from work every day.

“I go to work and come home and that is it, you don’t see me out,” Sims said.

However, one quick trip to the gas station left Sims without transportation.

“I walked out and I just couldn’t believe it, I mean I was only in there for a minute and I haven’t had trouble before,” Sims said. “Everyone kept telling me to get a lock but I never had anything stolen before.”

The next day Sims had to walk the six miles to work, which concerned Challie Tate.

“With all this traffic in the industrial part of Jonesboro it is kind of dangerous,” Tate said.

Tate took to Facebook to see if anyone would could help.

“We are all so blessed to be living in this community and I mean just the number of people who wanted to help or even share the post and say this person can help and this person can help, it was just amazing the show of support,” Tate said.

Within an hour, Tate got a donation from Back the Blue for a new bike.

“It was enough to go buy a brand new bike and a lock,” Tate said.

After buying the new bike Tate called Sims back into her office.

“I wheeled it in and I was like surprise! He was in just disbelief, pure shock and it was great to see someone so appreciative and happy,” Tate said.

At first, Sims was worried why he was asked to come back.

 “I thought I was in trouble. That is the only time a boss calls you in so I thought something had happened but it surprised me and I was glad I wasn’t in trouble. I cried when she brought the bike in, it really surprised me,” Sims said.

However, Sims was welcomed with something he never expected. 

“I was just so amazed to walk through that door, I didn’t think people would help like that,” Sims said.

Sims wants to thank everyone who helped including Tate and Back the Blue.  

“I love them to death and if I could ever repay them I will do whatever I can for them,” Sims said.

He also said the new bike is better than he could have imagined.

“I love it to death, I really am glad they did that and I like it better than my other one,” Sims said. 

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