For autistic boy, it was more than just a bike - FOX 13 News

For autistic boy, it was more than just a bike

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Sometimes it's the small things that make the biggest difference.

A Winter Haven woman has reached out to FOX 13 to praise the Winter Haven Police Department for helping her autistic son.

Her name is Stephanie Couture-Roller, and her son's name is Tristan. She said the family recently moved into a new neighborhood where all the kids ride their bikes.

Hoping to fit in, Tristan was determined to do it, despite previous failed attempts to learn. He was finally getting the hang of it when the worst thing happened, Stephanie said.

His bike was stolen.

"The week we got back from our camping trip Tristan was riding bikes outside with his friends," she wrote to us. "They came inside to cool off and play video games for an hour and went back out. The bike was gone. It was stolen in the middle the day, while we were home, from our drive way. It was devastating."

The family went everywhere looking for it – with no luck.

They called Winter Haven police with little expectation of finding the bike, but it turns out luck was on their side. Stephanie said officers recognized the bike when they made a recent domestic disturbance call.

Tristan got his bike back, and Stephanie says he's never been happier. She thanked officers for remembering Tristan's bike while doing an important work for the community.

"Not only have you secured the idea of justice in the mind of a child, but you have restored our believe that the little things don't get overlooked," she said.

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