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Crime turned to community love

By: Aurora Sain, Reporter
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A lifetime Roseville resident and military veteran is having an unfortunate event turn into a positive one.

Jim Johnson, a Roseville High School graduate, has worked at Bel Air for 30 years. On April 16, his bike was stolen while locked outside of the store.

The 24 speed bike with white lettering had the lock cut just 48 hours after Johnson had purchased it.

Johnson used the bike for transportation after he could no longer afford the repairs on his 20-year-old car.

After the Roseville Police Department posted on their Facebook page asking for help identifying the suspects, a community member came forward and donated a bike.

Bel Air shopper and Roseville resident Rose Elley wanted to take it a step further and started a gofundme to help raise money for Johnson to fix his car.

Within eight hours of launch, the gofundme had reached the goal of $2,000. One day later it hit the $3,000 mark.

The new goal is $8,000 and Elley is hoping the story touches others who want to contribute to someone who deserves it.

“Jim is a hard working guy,” said Elley. “He is also a very kind person as is evident in all the comments made on his gofundme page.”

As of Wednesday night, over 63 people had contributed to his cause.

“I’ve known Jim for many years and he has always gone above and beyond for his customers,” said Jane Dankbar.

The gofundme is listed as a “Call to community to offer hand up” or gofundme.com/community-lending-a-hand-up.

“This is an opportunity to take something bad that happened and transform it into something wonderful,” said Elley.