iPad returned to Morinville boy
Suspect turns in stolen iPad after being identified
By: By Peter Boer
| Posted: Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 06:00 am
The iPad Mini that was stolen from a young Morinville boy during a visit to a St. Albert convenience store was returned earlier this week, a development the RCMP call “unusual.”
While she wasn’t firm on the details, Cpl. Laurel Kading of the St. Albert RCMP detachment confirmed the iPad was returned to the eight-year-old earlier this week.
“We are just very pleased the iPad Mini was returned,” said Kading. “This little guy gets his property back.”
Lynne Rosychuk, the boy’s grandmother, contacted the St. Albert Gazette last week in an effort to get the iPad back. According to Rosychuk, two young men had taken it from a 7-Eleven store on the evening of Aug. 11. Rosychuk’s grandson had accidentally left it on a counter while getting a Slurpee.
Surveillance video from the store clearly showed two young men with the iPad Mini, as well as apparently celebrating the theft.
Rosychuk said the investigating officer had identified one of the suspects and contacted him. The iPad was subsequently brought to the RCMP station, which was then returned to the boy Wednesday evening.
“I didn’t think I’d ever see that again,” Rosychuk said in an email.
Kading said having property returned after it is stolen is unusual.
“That would not be a common thing we would see,” Kading said. “I think the situation, when it came to public light, had something to do with it, but I think there was influence from the investigator as well.”
Kading said the investigation is ongoing now that a suspect has been identified.
“We have a job to still do after that, to deal with what happened,” Kading said.
The Gazette received multiple offers of donations, including from one reader who offered to replace the iPad Mini outright, for which the family was thankful.