6-Year-Old’s Thief-Shaming Yard Sign Helped Police Recover Stolen Bike

PHOTO: Six-year old Roxy from Portland, Ore. poses with the sign that she made after thieves broke into her familys garage and stole her fathers bikes.PlayKATU
WATCH Girl, 6, Shames Bike Thieves and Helps Save the Day

After Rob Thompson’s custom road bikes worth thousands of dollars were stolen from his garage in Portland, Oregon, he filed a police report and put up several fliers in the neighborhood.

His 6-year-old daughter, Roxy, was no less upset and decided to give the thief a piece of her mind.

“It hurt my feelings that my dad was so angry and sad,” Roxy told ABC affiliate KATU-TV in Portland.

Thompson told KATU that Roxy first “offered to give me her life savings; that was a heart-melter.”

But then Roxy came up with a better idea. She used her savings in the piggy bank to draw up a thief-shaming sign. “She wants to let the world know it’s not cool,” Thompson said.

"Shame on you bike thieves!!! Your mom would be so disappointed," Roxy wrote.

"Sincerely. Resident 6 yr old.”

In addition to a few words of advice, Roxy also drew a sad face representing her dad and a broken heart next to it.

“I want to tell all the people who steal things that it’s a bad idea to steal things,” Roxy told KATU. “Why do they even make villains in the world?”

The sign got a lot of attention, and a local resident who spotted a bike identical to Rob Thompson’s informed the police. Police traced the bike to a person who said he bought it off the street for $50.

The bike was eventually hand-delivered to Roxy by the Portland Police Bureau. Several others are still missing.

"Six year olds can do amazing things. She [Roxy] was thrilled,” Sgt. Pete Simpson told KATU.

“It’s empowering for her and she knows people do care and police were working hard to help.”