Monday 29 December 2014

Family delight as autistic boy's stolen bicycle is returned

Emma Jane Hade

Published 23/01/2014 | 16:40

Emma Jane Hade
THE family of a boy with special needs are appealing for information after his specially adapted bicycle was stolen from outside his school.
Agnius Omusidis was distraught and confused when he left school on Tuesday afternoon to discover that his bicycle, which had been fitted with special stabilizers, had been stolen.
Agnius was distraught and confused when he left school on Tuesday afternoon to discover that his bicycle, which had been fitted with special stabilizers, had been stolen
Agnius Omusidis was delighted when he arrived at school this morning to discover that his bicycle, which had been fitted with special stabilizers, had been returned.

THE family of a boy with special needs who’s specially adapted bicycle was stolen has spoke of their delight after it was returned.

Agnius Omusidis was delighted when he arrived at school this morning to discover that his bicycle, which had been fitted with special stabilizers, had been returned.

Six-year-old Agnius has autism spectrum disorder, and was distraught when he discovered the theft had occurred at Merlin Woods primary school, Doughiska, Co Galway, on Tuesday afternoon.

His mother Amy Kybarta, who had the bicycle imported from the UK four months ago, said that Agnius was “one very happy little boy” this morning.

“It was just left there this morning, and we couldn’t believe it when we seen it.  I just think whoever stole it left it back,” she explained.

She described the bicycle as a "social lifeline" for her son, who has difficulties with behaviour and language because of his condition.

"It means a lot to him. I got the bike for him about four months ago, before that he wouldn't even look at a bicycle. He even started riding it to school and out around the area. Usually he hates going to the park or going anywhere, but now he loves it," she added.

A public appeal for information was launched after the news of the petty theft spread, and the family were inundated with messages of support from the public.

‘Richie’s Bike Store’ in Swords, Dublin, contacted Amy offering to replace the bicycle, and that they just wanted to help “get the kid back on the road”.

Amy last night thanked “every single person” who offered their help and support, and said that they were all “very, very happy to see it again”.

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