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A Cleveland police officer helped make things right for a nine year-old boy who had his treasured collection stolen.
Bryce had been collecting Pokemon cards since he was six, proudly keeping the cards in a binder.
But when the binder was stolen right out of his hand, he was devastated. His friends tried to help find the binder – and the thief – while Bryce’s mother called the police, Fox 8 reported Friday.
Although they were able to recover the collection, not all of Bryce’s cards were in the binder and police officer James Grotenrath knew how upset the boy was.
“I grew up with Pokemon, I loved Pokemon as a kid and I would be heartbroken too if my cards were taken from me,” Grotenrath, 26, said.
At home later, Grotenrath found his own Pokemon card collection and returned to Bryce with a surprise. He gifted the young boy with his personal set.
“It’s a banned card of Pokemon,” Bryce told Fox 8, displaying one of the cards Grotenrath had given him. “There’s only about ten of these in the world and I have one of them.”
“It’s a priceless item,” said Grotenrath, a two-year Cleveland police veteran, “but it’s better to see someone else smile, and in my book, like my partner says, it’s just happy to see a citizen smile instead of always frowning upon us and looking the other way.”
Police did not file charges against the alleged thief, who was just a few years older than Bryce, but they did give him a good “talking to,” Fox 8 reported.
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Video from Fox 8