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New tricycle gifted to Billings theft victim

Posted at 8:27 AM, Jul 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-21 10:39:52-04

BILLINGS — On Tuesday, Mikey Little was heartbroken about the loss of her stolen tricycle. Little lives with cerebral palsy and her tricycle served as her main means for transportation and independence.

The Billings woman who lives with cerebral palsy had her adult tricycle stolen sometime over the last week. "It’s my car basically," Little said.

Little is in the process of learning how to drive, but in the meantime rides the tricycle to keep some independence. She said she's had it since she was an early teenager.

The stolen tricycle is purple with a large white basket in the back and a black basket in the front. She last rode it to an appointment on July 12 and then went out of town for a few days.

When she went to use it Monday, it wasn’t in its normal spot right next to the porch.

But less than 24 hours after making posts to the Billings Neighborhood Watch page on Facebook, Little has already received a new ride.

Denice Beste Hellekson was one of the many MTN News viewers who shared their concerns about the lost tricycle. She generously gifted Little with a used one that is in good condition early Wednesday.

“I just wanted to give my tricycle to this woman who clearly needed it much more than I,” Hellekson said. “It warms my heart to be able to help.”

Peggy Swalley, a close friend of Little, emphasized how great it felt to see such an influx of support from the community on the Facebook page.

“I am overwhelmed at the support and generosity of people who want to help. My friend had several offers of people willing to donate and deliver a tricycle to her and she now has another one. I truly believe that there are more good people than bad, we just don't often hear the good things, which is the reason for this post. Keep doing good. It makes a difference.” Swalley wrote.

The original bike has still not been found, and Billings police are investigating.


Mikey Little's tricycle looks similar to this model: purple, though hers has a white basket in the back and a black basket on the front.