Following theft, beloved Nevada County local Kenny Bond to get new bike donated from local businesses
In many communities across the country there are local residents that people hold especially dear to their hearts.
In Western Nevada County, Kenny Bond is one of those people. Known for his endearing open nature and his iconic yellow bike, Kenny has been referred to many as a local legend.
After news that Kenny’s bike was stolen, a couple local businesses have come together to buy him a new one.
Nevada City Council member and owner of Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop Duane Strawser said upon hearing Kenny’s bike was stolen, local businesses Volz Brothers Automotive and Big A Rootbeer Drive-In chipped in to purchase a brand new yellow single speed cruiser with a paperboy basket attached to the front.
The bike is expected to arrive by Monday.
John Volz said it was his son’s idea to help buy Kenny a new bike. Volz said he remembers introducing Kenny to his kids at a young age, and that Kenny has always been an engaging beloved person in the community.
“I think it’s a travesty and a shame what happened,” said Volz. “We just wanted to take the positive in it, and open our hearts and participate in putting a smile back on Kenny’s face.”
According to Grass Valley Police Chief Alex Gammalgard, Kenny’s bike was stolen Sunday night, but not reported until Wednesday.
Local law enforcement have since been searching for the bike and the suspect who stole it.
“We ask the community’s help to please call us with any leads or information,” said Gammalgard, describing the bike as a yellow single-speed cruiser with a basket on the front.
Following news of the theft, local residents responded online with outpouring support for Kenny, urging other locals to be on the lookout for the bike.
Strawser has helped to service Kenny’s various bikes throughout the years and says the bike that was stolen was a yellow single speed.
“He has a very specific basket called a paperboy basket that he likes on his bikes so he can carry his groceries,” Strawser added.
Although the bike will be replaced, councilmember Strawser said it is important to find out what happened to the stolen bike, urging anyone with information to come forward.
“Kenny is the type that would love to have his old bike back, even if it’s damaged,” he said. “It’s important to find out who is doing these things and hold them accountable, because if it’s not Kenny, it’s you or it’s me.”
Anyone with information is asked to call local law enforcement at 530-265-7880.
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