HOUSTON - A teenager who stole an iPad from a 2-year-old boy in a parking lot has been arrested after we brought you the story on KPRC 2 News and Click2Houston.com.
"They didn't have to touch him. He's 2. Who steals from a 2-year-old? Get a job," said the boy's mother, who didn't want to be identified.
The Houston Police Department was searching for the teen, who was shown on a security camera stealing from the boy.
Surveillance video caught the teen walking up to a couple of small children who were near their mother's car April 19 in a parking lot at 8615 Tidwell Road.
Video footage shows the teenager knocking the boy down as he forcibly takes the device from his hands. The 2-year-old suffered minor injuries as he hit the ground.
The teen then fled the scene.
"I've chased a lot of crooks, but this is probably the biggest thug I've ever seen. To see some man knock a 2-year-old child to the ground to take an iPad," HPD investigator Ken Nealy said.
Houston police said that the teen was arrested Tuesday evening after he was turned in to police by his parents after they saw surveillance photos on the news.
The victim was grateful to the teen's mom.
"I asked the officer last night, 'Tell her thank you. I appreciate it as a mother. I would do it,'" the boy's mother said.
The 16-year-old suspect is charged with robbery. Investigators believe he may be responsible for several other robberies.
KPRC 2 viewers offered to buy the boy a new iPad, so on Wednesday we put one of them in touch with the family.
"We'd like to, just as a company, pay this forward and replace your iPad that got stolen," said Ron Garrett, owner of MW Cleaners. "We saw it on the news and it just kind of touched our hearts that this young family, that this toddler, was out there while his mother was washing clothes in the laundromat, got his iPad stolen."
His mother said getting a replacement iPad will put a smile on his face when she brings it home.
"He's going to be so excited. He's been asking for it every day, all day, 'Where's my iPad, where's my iPad?'" she said.
"We hope that this gift, this token gift, will remind people that even though bad things happen to you in life, there are people out there that are willing to help," Garrett said.
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