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Jul 24, 2013 12:33 AM by Alex Labat

Veteran Donating Bike That Was Stolen

"My Lord! God a bike! My God it's beautiful! I don't know what to say!", says 93-year-old Sgt. Larry Dauterive receiving his new bike.
It's the story that had so many smiling.
Looking at the replacement for the bike that was stolen from him, Dauterive says, "I called mine Cadillac Jack. It's identical to what some S.O.B. stole from me."
But one question remains, just what happened to the original Cadillac Jack?
"Never in my wildest dreams did I think this vehicle would have been recovered", says Dauterive on Tuesday, as Cadillac Jack was brought back, thanks to the efforts of Sgt. Stoney Penn with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, who considers Dautrieve a brother-in-arms.
Penn says, "My wife showed me a video of your broadcast on Facebook one night, and we were laying there and I was like, "I'm going to find that bicycle."
While on patrol, Penn spotted someone on the bike.
That individual is cooperating with police and said he bought it from someone else for fifty bucks.
The bike was damaged, but Penn has promised to return Cadillac Jack to it's former glory.
Penn says, "I'll come by Saturday and pick it up, bring it to my house, tear it down, sand it down, repaint it, and put it back together and try to replace some of the parts that are missing on it."
Dauterive says once the original bike's been restored, he plans on donating it to "LARC", an organization which helps those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
He's doing this in memory of his daughter, so that others can enjoy Cadillac Jack as much as he has.
But before he does that, there's a lady in Thibodeaux who needs to be taken for a spin.
Danielle Morgan spearheaded that effort two weeks ago to get Dauterive a new bike.
Dauterive says, "I'm going to put her in my backseat".


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