SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) – A Speedway family was shocked and disappointed when their security cameras caught a man walking up their driveway, into their yard and stealing their 8-year-old’s bike.
The family says they wish they hadn’t skipped one simple step. They say they wish they had written down the serial number found on the bottom of the bike.
Brady Martin drives a semi for a living. He delivers Coke products all across Central Indiana. He says it can be demanding unloading each delivery and stocking individual stores.
He says he does it to make an honest living. “It can be brutal during the holidays.”
But, what one man stole from Brady is something that will impact his family for years to come.
“Like, even when I let the kids out now, I don’t think I’ll ever let them outside again without the dogs,” said Star Martin, Brady’s wife.
Star and Brady have two children. Brooklyn is 6-years-old and Braden is 8-years old.
On October 17th, the Martin’s camera system captured a young man walking down the Martins’ driveway and into their backyard.
“He was walking down the driveway like it was normal,” said Star.
The video also shows how, in just seconds, the thief was able to hop on 8-year-old Braden’s bike and take off.
“He keeps asking when the guy is going to bring his bike back,” said Star.
Something Star and Brady wish they had done is simply write down the serial number that’s found on the bottom of the bike.
“Yeah. I wish we would have done that,” said Brady.
A serial number helps police track the specific bike. It allows officers to trace it to pawn shops or even to a thief’s front yard.
“Every time I think about it, it just upsets me. Knowing that he felt like that was okay,” said Star,
She says it’s certainly a lesson learned for her family.
“I don’t think that they’ll be leaving their bikes or their toys, outside any more. I think it kind of scared them a little bit,” said Star.
Indy Bike Hub in downtown Indianapolis actually keeps serial numbers on record for you.