Bay County Deputies Find & Return Girl's Stolen Bike

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - While vacationing in Panama City Beach, Callie Knowles' brand new bike was stolen overnight as they headed into their last day of their stay.

The Knowles' file a police report, but assume it's gone for good.

"The guy was really nice who took the report," said Marilyn Knowles. She said the entire family was surprised though when they got a response from the Sheriff's office the following morning.  "We got a text around 9:45 a.m., saying they think they found the bike."

It's all because of Reserve Deputy Joshua Gober, who credits a good eye, and good luck. 

"I was speaking to someone, a suspicious person, and behind her in a yard, was the bicycle, " said Gober. "I recognized it because the other deputy made sure I saw a picture of it before coming on shift."

Gober didn't waste any time, calling on his colleagues, Deputy Jason Brock and Deputy Clint Clemens, for help in getting the bike back to its rightful owner.

"We're driving around the RV lot and we found the little girl's sisters," said Clemens. "They told us that's our sister's bike, and we ran it over to him and they were like, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe you found it.'"

In a field where the outcome isn't always a positive one, days like these are a good change of pace.

"It's nice to have days like that were you get a happy ending and make someone's day better." said Deputy Jason Brock.

Marilyn Knowles shared her appreciation of the deputies on FaceBook and said this type of ending wouldn't have happened in her Alabama hometown. 

The deputies said it was no big deal.

"I don't need to have that recognition in person, but just to see that was pretty nice," said Gober.

"Whatever they're doing, keep doing it," said Marilyn Knowles. "Because regardless, whether its a child or an adult, it cushioned a really nice blow to a bad situation."

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