Clarkson Sen Const David McAllister called Paula Wies, of Kingsley, on July 4, to tell her someone had handed in a bicycle with her licence number on the frame after finding it in Porongurup Drive, Clarkson.
‘They asked if I had reported a bike being stolen and I was still in a haze and said ‘yes, I did report one but it was 12 years ago’,’ she said. ‘I bought the bike for my daughter, Courtney, when she was 12 years old for her last year at primary school. The school was running bicycle skill development classes and teaching students road rules and bike skills.’
Mrs Wies said the bike was stolen from their home, and was the second one they lost, so they never replaced it.
‘My son, previously at the same age, had his bike stolen so after two events we just didn’t think our chances of getting and keeping another bike were high,’ she said.
After collecting the bicycle from Clarkson Police Station last week, Mrs Wies and her husband Frank decided to donate it.
‘My daughter is now 24 years old and driving and living in Bunbury, my son is 28 years old and driving and didn’t need a bike in their lives,’ she said.
‘We took it to Tamala Park recycling and told the amazing story to the staff which they can pass on with the bike to the new owners.’