It was a real low blow.
Two thieves swiped a wrestling belt from a Washington porch that the family of a 5-year-old boy recently diagnosed with a brain tumor sent to a manufacturer to make it look more like the real thing. The women who stole the package only returned it to the manufacturer after cops released a video of them stealing it.
The Vick family, of Blades, Del., wanted to spruce up a replica belt they purchased to make it resemble a real WWE Pro Championship Wrestling Belt to surprise their son Timothy Vick Jr., according to WBOC TV 16. Timmy, who loves wrestling, was diagnosed with autism when he was two, and diagnosed with a brain tumor in October.
“Usually kids with autism have a problem concentrating and what not,” the boy’s dad, Timothy Vick Sr., told WBOC. “It’s just something with the WWE, because there is so much going on all at once, he loves to wrestle with his brothers, his dad, his sister.”
After Timmy’s family found out about his brain tumor, they saved up to gift him something special. They purchased a replica belt online, paid to ship it to the manufacturer for fancy upgrades like replacing plastic stones with cubic zirconias, all together setting them back about $2,000.
Once the package was shipped off to Sergio Moreira, who redesigns the belts, it was taken from his porch when he wasn’t home, along with one other package. “My phone alerted me, I have a Ring door-cam and it alerted me that there was motion at my front door, so when I looked at my phone I saw the two ladies,” Moreira told WBOC. “When you take something and it belongs to a five-year-old child, living the life that Timmy’s lived so far, words can’t express how I feel for these people.”
Moreira called the police and also notified Timmy’s parents. After police released video of the thieves taking the packages, the women returned to Moreira’s home days later with the wrestling belts and a four-page apology.
“We are so sorry for taking your stuff,” the note read. “Never in a million years would I have stolen from a sick five-year-old myself and am ashamed of what I did.”
The letter also added that one of the women is a homeless drug addict and has a six-year-old kid. It states that the pair were looking to make quick cash and “never wanted to steal a child’s hope.”
In 25 years of reporting, I don't recall a response like this. The 2 women who stole boxes containing WWE replica title belts which belonged to a special needs child in DE returned them today, with a 4-page letter asking forgiveness. They saw this story: https://t.co/0Det3IzDjB pic.twitter.com/iWSvr8XBMH
— Gary Horcher (@GaryKIRO7) June 27, 2019
Moreira says he doesn’t want to press charges.
“They are sorry because they got caught,” Timmy’s mother Danialle Johnson told WBOC. “If it was anyone else, would you have cared? You only care because he is a five-year-old special needs child.”
Moreira expects to ship out Timmy’s belt to him in a few weeks.
“I can’t wait to get it and to show it to him and to hand it to him,” Timmy’s mother said. “I know he’s going to be so excited.”
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