Lufkin man says bikes returned to AA meeting place

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A thief who stole two bicycles from outside an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Monday night has returned them right back to where he found them, according to a victim in the crime.

Sidney Wager said the bikes were back outside the meeting place on the 700 block of Ellis Avenue before 7 a.m. Wednesday.

"I broke down crying. I was just so happy that the person who got the bike had brought the bike back. And, I don't know why they did it, but I know they did the right thing. And, God bless them for that," said Wager.

Wager called KTRE Wednesday morning to thank the news crew for airing the piece Tuesday night about the bike thefts and he said he thinks the thief had second thoughts and returned them.

Wager and his friend, James Utley, reported the bikes stolen Monday night after they had gotten out of their AA meeting.

Wager said he has to ride the bike because his license is suspended. He said he has been sober for four-and-a-half months.

In an interview Tuesday, Wager said he feels God was using the incident to teach him a lesson.

"I am experiencing the same thing I put others through," Wager said. "Which makes me that much more not want to put others through nothing like that."

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