'Mam bear' hunts down son's bike after thief nabbed it on his birthday

Posted at 8:00 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 23:00:10-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - After a heartbreaking birthday surprise, an Escondido mom went on a mission to track down the thief who targeted her son.

On Saturday, Cole Loya locked up his bike at a transit station before he headed up to Disneyland to celebrate his 16th birthday. The next day, he found his hard-earned bike missing.  

His mother, who was in Arizona on business, immediately launched a social media campaign to find the bike.  

The campaign would lead to a dramatic confrontation and her son getting his bike back.