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Newark Police Sgt. Donates Bikes to Kids After Their Christmas Gifts are Stolen

The following is from the Newark Department of Public Safety

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2nd Precinct Commander, Captain José González (left), with the recipients of the donated bicycles, their father (center) and Sergeant Juan Gonzalez (far right).

Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose congratulated Sergeant Juan Gonzalez of the 2nd Precinct after he donated two bicycles to a father who reported his children’s Christmas gifts stolen on November 14, 2016.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., the children’s father reported that two bikes—a girl’s 20-inch pink bicycle and a boy’s 18-inch dirt bike—were taken from the hallway of their residence in the 100-block of 4th Avenue.

After reviewing the theft report detailing how the father purchased the bikes for Christmas and hid them from his children in the hallway, only to later learn that someone had taken them, Sergeant Gonzalez was moved with compassion and purchased bikes for the children using his own money.

“I am very impressed by Sergeant Gonzalez’s generosity,” Director Ambrose said. “His act of kindness has turned what could have been a very sad holiday for this family into a time of gratitude and celebration for the entire City of Newark. We can’t thank him enough.”

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