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Bike specially made for sick boy found after theft

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. -

It's an upsetting story. A bike handmade for a boy with special needs just disappeared. Police say it was stolen.

Thanks to some help from FOX 5, the bike has been returned to the boy and now police say they have their suspect. 

The boy's bike is back. His family says that's all they ever wanted. But Hagerstown Police wanted something more after 7-year-old Ethan Paugh had his bike stolen back in June.

And not just any bike. It's an $8,000 tricycle handmade for Ethan. He'd never been able to ride a regular bike because he has an illness called Prader-Willi Syndrome. It limits muscle tone and causes rapid weight gain.

When the bike was stolen, Ethan was feeling "sad". But a viewer saw Ethan's story on FOX 5's sister station in news and recognized the bike from Craigslist. It was traced to a shop in Dundalk, Maryland. But the owner said he got the bike from somebody else.

Now, police have charged a Hagerstown man with theft and malicious destruction of property.

FOX 5 decided to pay him a visit. At first, we had the door slammed in our faces. But just seconds later 36-year-old John Orr came outside and right up to our camera.

First, he wanted to talk about the police. "I don't hate police officers. I sympathize with the job that they have to do," says Orr.

We asked him repeatedly, if he stole the bike.

Orr responded: "Nothing happened. You'll hear from my lawyer. It's just that simple. You'll hear from my lawyer. No comments."

Orr's case is scheduled for court in December.

Meanwhile, Ethan's pleased to be able to ride his bike again, but it's difficult because there's $1500 worth of damage to the bike. The special brakes have been removed from the back handle. Joints that were welded together are now broken apart.

But an anonymous donor has come forward to cover the cost of repairs.

"He has a child who has a disability and he understands what it means for a child with a disability to have the equipment he needs," says Tammy Paugh.

Ethan's grandmother says this is no longer just a story about a boy and his bike. She says this whole situation has brought a lot of people in Hagerstown together.

"I think Ethan has learned that there are people out there that care about him. It doesn't matter where we go there will be someone who recognizes him as the little boy on TV who lost his bike and they're so excited that his bike came home," says Paugh.


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