January 4, 2016 On Christmas Day Anabelle Ward, 11 had received a gift she had wanted very badly. She had received a bicycle and was enjoying it as much as any 11 year old would be, right up until Monday morning when she discovered that it had been stolen from her front porch. The child was devastated and in her words very depressed.“I started bawling immediately and I was really sad and depressed,” Anabelle told KCRA news. Anabelle’s mother Tabitha Ward called the Police to make a report and officer Brian Wegesser responded to get the information.
When he got the information from Anabelle he must have been pretty taken back with the situation of a child’s bike being stolen right after Christmas as well because according to KCRA Tabitha Ward said “He gave my daughter a big hug. He took the report and said, ‘I’m going to do everything I can.’”
After taking the necessary information and relaying it to the dispatch and other units Officer Wegesser was going above and beyond all the way to the store to buy Anabelle a new bike as a present from the Citrus Heights Police Department from his own pocket if necessary. However that was not to be the case.
Another officer who was pretty sharp eyed found the bike abandoned, Anabelle recalled it as the officer got a call “on his walkie-talkie thing” — other officers in the area found her stolen bicycle. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s my bike,” Anabelle stated.
KCRA has some video of Anabelle and she is extremely animated over the finding of her bicycle, it is no wonder that the Officer saw how much the Christmas present meant to her.