HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Smiles and laughter are rare things for police on patrol, but two officers with Huntsville Police had the chance to turn a call into a good deed.
"We got a call about a child being swindled out of $7 and a stolen bike," explained Officer Jason Toney.
Masaun Millender unknowingly bought a stolen bike, and his mother asked police for help.
"He's so cute, he's so sweet, very respectful, polite," said Officer Mercedes Rugart of Masaun. "The mother was awesome, she just said 'I want the kids money back you know, it's his allowance.'"
Police couldn't get his $7 back, so he was out of a bike, and out of his money.
"We decided hey, lets do a good deed and surprise the child with a bike," said Officer Toney.
"It was like Christmas morning," said Officer Rugart. "His grin was so big, just all teeth, such a pretty smile."
His mom posted the good deed on Facebook and got over 1200 likes in two days.
The officers even went out and got him an age-appropriate lock to keep his new bike secure, as well as pegs for the bike's tires.
Masaun says he thanked the officers for his shiny new bike, especially since he knows they didn't have to reach into their own pockets to help him out.
The officers say they've received lots of community support recently, and are just paying it forward.
"I think it's what really makes us enjoy doing this is being able to actually help people and make a difference," said Officer Rugart.
"It's also reassuring that we have people that are on our side and that support us throughout the times law enforcement has been having through the last couple of weeks," said Officer Toney.
So although Millender didn't recover his allowance, he's got some friends in blue and a new bike to make up for it.