Security camera captures tricycle theft in Vinton

Published: May. 3, 2017 at 9:41 PM EDT
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We frequently tell you about the good news and the not so good news. But rarely do we see both at the same time.

On a warm spring afternoon you'll find the kids of Vinton playing outside. Five-year-old Noah May is no exception. He rides like the wind on his tricycle.

"He was confused he didn't understand why somebody, especially an adult is going to come by and steal his tricycle," Noah's mom, Nikki May, said.

A neighbor's security cam captured it all. A grown woman swoops in and steals Noah's trike from out front. The getaway driver leaves little time to even close the door.

"I was angry, shocked, she was too close to the kids it wasn't cool," May said.

But Noah's attitude has turned. He's back on his wheels although the thief nor his old one have been found.

"We heard about the incident, it was a bad situation to do that to a child," Vinton police officer Silas Chapman said.

Vinton Officers are empowered to be human and to them everything about this smelled so wrong. These three officers pooled cash and soon enough, Noah was riding again.

"I didn't want the publicity it was more so for the child and to show the community that we care and anything we can do to help the community and give back, we'll do it," Chapman said.

"It brought tears to my eyes and to my daughter's eyes, it just warms your hears knowing that there are such good people out there. These guys went above and beyond," May said.

Noah was forced to learn early about bad, but he also experienced good.

Theft of Tricycle in Vinton, VA

The Vinton Police Department has obtained video of the theft of a tricycle from a 3 year old boy. If you have any information, please contact us with the 'send email' button on our facebook page. Thank you

Posted by Vinton Police Department, VA on Tuesday, May 2, 2017