A man from Stockton, California, has been given quite the nickname by his neighbors. After going above and beyond to return a stolen bike and set an example for his community, Robert Darling is being called “Batman.”
“People need to do something about it and not be scared, and be brave!” Robert said, and that’s exactly how he’s living his life.
It all started the day Robert first saw someone’s bike being stolen.
“I get sick of it. I get sick of seeing these people come out so sad that their bike is gone,” the dad of two said. According to Robert, this was happening all the time. A person would lock their bike outside while they went into a store. When they came out, the bike was gone.
But after seeing it one too many times, Robert decided to act.
He saw one thief in action and decided to follow him.
“I grabbed the bike and told him, ‘You’re not going anywhere with this. I watched you steal this bike. This bike does not belong to you,'” he recalled.
Witnesses saw Robert get the bike back and bring it to the owner.
But for the heroics he showed, the “Stockton Batman” just wanted to make his neighborhood a better, safer place for his kids.
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