Law enforcement community responds after thief steals child’s bike

Former U.S. Customs Office of Enforcement Criminal Investigator and current U.S. Merchant Marine Capt. Jeff Frankel and Sheriff Rick Ramsay (retired Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Erik Steinmetz is not pictured) present 15-year-old Victor Espinosa-Rosello of Key West with a new bike Tuesday after his bike was stolen at school.

Victor Espinosa-Rosello, 15, was preparing to leave May Sands Montessori School in Key West last month when he discovered he had a problem.

Someone stole his bicycle.

His mother, Romina Munoz, couldn’t believe it. She wrote a post on a public Facebook page to express her dismay that someone would steal a child’s transportation to school.

Former U.S. Customs Office of Enforcement Criminal Investigator and current U.S. Merchant Marine Capt. Jeff Frankel happened to see that post and called Sheriff Rick Ramsay who stated he was on board for whatever needed to be done to help Espinosa-Rosello.

“When I heard about this young man’s situation, it was an easy decision to jump in and help out,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay.

Retired Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Erik Steinmetz saw Frankel’s Facebook post stating he would help the young man. Steinmetz stated he was on board as well.

“I said, we’re going to do something for this kid and show him that there’s not just bad guys out there, there’s plenty of good guys, too,” Frankel said.

The law enforcement trio bought Espinosa-Rosello a new bike and surprised him Tuesday at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters on Stock Island.