TAKE A LOOK: Man caught stealing children’s scooters off front porch of Roanoke home

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — It’s the holiday season, and the “grinches” are out and about.

“It’s very upsetting.”

Heather Goad saw one sneaking around her home in Southwest Roanoke.

On Dec. 8, a man walked onto her porch and stole two scooters. The video was captured by her security camera. Goad was working from home at the time.

“I thought it would be secure with the cameras, but unfortunately having the cameras helps see what happens, but doesn’t help get the scooters back,” said Goad.

The $400-valued scooters were a recent birthday gift for her two children, Naveah and Stephan.

They say they only got to ride them several times around the neighborhood.

“It made me feel really sad,” Naveah said.

After filing a police report, Goad took to social media in hopes of finding the thief.

Corbin Prydwen lives nearby and says he had something stolen from him just last week.

“They took my jack that I was using to work on a vehicle in the back, and they also took my air impact wrench,” said Prydwen, “and I didn’t realize it until probably two days later.”

Prydwen has been a resident of the community for 15 years. He says these incidents have been happening more and more over the years, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We see more and more people doing online shopping, and a package is just an easy target for a thief to come by and snag,” Prydwen said.

And the frustrations aren’t going away.

“It’s just irritating to work hard and earn something to buy it, and then to have someone else take it from you, and then you have to do that cycle again,” said Prydwen.

Goad couldn’t agree more.

“It makes me very sad that there are some parents out there that maybe aren’t able to afford those things, and that’s why our young adults feel like they need to steal those items,” Goad said.

Since the theft was shared on social media, people have been sharing their condolences.

There is currently a fundraiser to help replace the scooters. If you would like to help, click here.

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