89-year-old veteran receives special gift from Akron police after bike was stolen from a parking lot

Posted at 3:07 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 17:15:48-04

Akron police gave a much-needed gift to an 89-year-old veteran.

Jim Pint had his bike stolen from the Marc's parking lot on E. Waterloo Road last week.

Pint rides his bikes at least three to four times a week to church and the grocery store.

"Just a form of exercise and I don't ride as far as I used to, but still gives me some exercise," Pint said.

When asked if it keeps him feeling young, Pint laughs "I don't know whether it keeps my young."

Pint was only in the store for about 15 minutes when an employee approached him to say his bike, left unlocked, had been stolen.

For Officer Nathan Stuyvesant, the incident struck a special cord for him.

"My grandfather lived to be 106 because he walked on a regular basis, so when I saw he was trying to stay active and he lost that opportunity, that struck me," Stuyvesant said.

The police program that usually provides bikes to kids in need changed course and gave one to a kid at heart.

His new bike will keep him peddling into his 90s.

"I'm very thankful. I was surprised that they would take the time to get a new bike and helmet and everything," Pint said.