Bike returned by a true-blue hero
LAWRENCE Fauntleroy says he's just an ordinary guy - but if you ask nine-year-old Brock Atkins, he's a dead-set hero.
On Wednesday, the Coffs Coast Advocate reported that Brock's pride and joy, his $900 Eastern Jane BMX bike was stolen from Woolgoolga Skate Park. Brock was devastated, having spent six months delivering papers to save the money for the bike.
Lawrence read the story and although he felt sorry for Brock, he didn't really think there was anything he could do - until a freak chain of events led him right to the bike.
“I was travelling to Grafton and I stopped at the Halfway Creek Service Station to have a chat with my mate who works there. I mentioned to him the story I read, and he's a bit of a bike enthusiast. He said he remembered seeing a kid riding around the servo with a similar bike,” Lawrence said.
And so Lawrence sprang into action, finding the address of the child in question and heading around to the house, where he found the bike.
Although it had been stripped, Lawrence brought it home and let the Atkins' know what had happened.
Brock's mother Lisa said she just couldn't believe the effort Lawrence went to to get the bike.
“Most people would have just phoned and said, 'we think the bike might be here', but he went out of his way to get it back. We're ever so grateful, it's so nice to see the community spirit,” she said. “And he didn't even want the reward. He said to put it toward the cost of getting the bike fixed.”
Lawrence said that there's no point doing a job in halves.