Man with autism surprised with new bike after theft

A 21-year-old Bensalem man with autism was surprised with a new bike after it was stolen from the Neshaminy Mall.

"It's my only transportation. I'm really upset about it. I just want it back that's all," Tommy Wills said.

His hybrid trek was fitted for him and he paid for it himself -- all $800.

"It means a lot to him. It's like his prize possession. It was really heartbreaking, he worked really hard," his mom, Trisha Kuscin explained.

While Wills was shopping Thursday night, a man was caught on surveillance video riding away from the Neshaminy Mall on his bike.

"I went out of the entrance where I parked my bike and it was gone I said to myself what should I do?" Wills said.

Wills was diagnosed with autism when he was 3. He rides everywhere -- from home, to a program at the high school, to Home Depot, where he works several days a week. He is also a volunteer for the Police Athletic League.

"He's a great kid. I've known them a long time, it's just a shame that people take advantage," Bensalem Police Department Public Safety Director Fred Harran said.

Bensalem police have been looking for the thief and the bike. In the meantime, his employer Home Depot decided he needed a new bike right away and surprised him.

"We didn't wanna leave him stranded. His old bike he saved up for it. He worked hard for. He works hard every day. Why not give back," manager Adrienne Kolb said.

The Bensalem Police Benevolent Association joined in with its own act of good will, offering Wills an $800 check to purchase a new Trek bike.

Wills' mother told FOX 29 that any additional money raised will be donated to Ken's Crew and Athletes Helping Athletes for Autism.