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'Please return my stolen dirt bike': Boy, 10, becomes internet sensation as passionate plea goes viral

A Minnesota boy has become an internet sensation after a letter he penned to his local newspaper pleading for the return of his stolen dirt bike went viral.
Ten-year-old Culley Larson's $460 BMX bike was taken from the garage of his parents' home in Albert Lea on August 13, according to a police report.
And his passionate plea, calling for 'someone to make the right decision' and return his treasured sports bike, has sparked a global interest in his plight.
'Please return my bike': Ten-year-old Culley Larson reads the letter he wrote for the Albert Lea Tribune that has won worldwide attentionThe letter, written with the help of his mother and entitled 'Please return my stolen dirt bike', was originally published at the top of the Albert Lea Tribune's opinion page on August 16.A video released by ABC News shows Culley reading the half-page letter.
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'Hello, my name is Culley Larson, and I am 10-years-old and live in Albert Lea,' he starts. 'This past Saturday someone stole my BMX bike out of my parents' garage. I love this town, and I am sad that people steal other kids' bikes. This is something I do not understand.Sport: Culley says he's unable to ride on the dirt trail his parents take him to every Wednesday because his $460 dirt bike was stolenStanding up: Culley calls for 'someone to make the right decision' and return his treasured sports bike in the touching letter'I am writing this letter to ask for your help. If you have kids, look to see if you have a bike at your house that does not belong to you. Parents, please ask your kids if any of their friends have a new bike lately? If you do not have kids, be on a lookout for anyone who has gotten a new bike the past couple of days. If you see the bike, call the police. If you have the bike, please bring it back.'I am willing to use some of my own money that I have saved as a reward to get my bike back. I know other kids get their bikes stolen. I have read it myself in the newspaper. I am hoping my letter will not only help me, but maybe help other kids also get their bikes back. I hope 10 other kids also get their bikes back. If they do we can have a celebration and call it "get your bike back day." It would be the best day ever!'A kid getting their bike stolen is like a grown up getting their car stolen. My bike is a Haro Pro Race bike with a black frame and white seat and white handle bars. My parents take me to Mankato every Wednesday to race on a dirt trail. This bike is very specific to the sport and has special tires. This is my summer sport, and I cannot race the track on my legs. I need my bike.'I have said a little prayer for my bike. I hope God is listening. I also asked God to help someone to make the right decision. I love my God, I love my family, I love my bike.'The Larsons filed a police report the day the bike was stolen. However, authorities yet to establish a lead in the case.

His parents, Mike and Vicki Larson, say they have received hundreds of letters and comments from people in the community, including offers to replace the bike or send money as outlets around the world publish Culley's story.However, the family says they asked the paper to print the letter not for money, but to make a point about right and wrong.The family is instead urging others interested in helping Culley to buy a bike for a child in their own neighbourhood who has had their bike stolen.
Vicki Larson told the Tribune: 'Everyone has a story of when they had a bike stolen when they were a kid. We've hit a nerve with a multi-generational issue.'

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Added: Aug-19-2011 Occurred On: Aug-19-2011
By: Zipper10
Regional News
Tags: Stolen, bike, boys, plea, return, internet, sensation
Location: Minnesota, United States (load item map)
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