But the Chandler Police Department was able to bring a smile to the boy’s face once again; they all pitched in to buy him a new wallet and replace the missing $200.
The 6-year-old had dropped his wallet while shopping with his mother at the store at Arizona Avenue and Pecos Road on Dec. 30, 2020. According to ABC, store surveillance video shows a woman picking it up around 9 p.m. and walking off without attempting to return it to the boy.
The police department was unable to recover the lost wallet, so they decided to pitch in to replace it.
On Jan. 5, the Chandler Police Department shared a picture of a beaming 6-year-old standing with police officers after they gave him his brand-new wallet and replaced the missing money.
“Happy to report this 6yr old has received a new wallet and all of his Christmas and birthday money back,” the department shared on social media. “Thank you to 3 of #Chandlerpd patrol teams for donating the items and putting a smile on this little 6yr old’s face!”
Netizens were happy to see the boy’s smile and thanked the police department for their act of kindness.
“Chandler PD is awesome,” one user wrote. “I was hoping this would have a good ending! Thank you guys for helping our community!”
“Bravo,” wrote another. “Hopefully the perpetrator is recognized and justice served.”
Police are considering the suspect’s act a theft and are searching for a woman described as Hispanic, roughly 5 feet 4 inches, and 150 pounds (approx. 68 kg). She reportedly drove away in a black two-door sedan with custom rims.
Chandler police shared photos of the woman in a press release, and they ask anyone with information to call the department at 480.782.4130 and reference report number #2020-137348.
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