Police recover children's stolen iPads
DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two South Florida boys received some good news from police after their stolen iPads were recovered.
Davie Police recovered the iPads and returned them to the Worrell family Wednesday night. The devices were stolen Monday after the boys' father accidentally left the devices outside Shorty's BBQ restaurant. "The manager at Shorty's was just so kind," said Terry Worrell Sr. "I mean, as many bad people there are out there, there's obviously a lot more good people."
His son is just happy his iPad was returned to him. Terry Worrell, Jr. said, "I thought they would have put them in a pawn shop our just thrown them away."
Surveillance video showed some women taking the iPads minutes after the family walked into the restaurant. "It's just really a shame," said the elder Worrell. "There are just heartless people out there that would just take candy from a baby."
On Monday night, the two brothers were sitting on a bench playing games on their iPad while they waited to be called to eat. After they were called, the family left the iPads behind. When the family came back to get them, they were gone.
Shorty's management offered to check their surveillance video. "Three women came walking up, apparently to eat at the restaurant. They looked at them and kind of circled around them," said Shorty's manager Brad Steriti. "One actually came in and gave her name while the other two waited outside. While one of them grabbed them and handed them to the other girl, and the two girls left."
Closer to the restaurant doors, a woman is seen on her phone standing nearby as Allen came outside looking for his iPad. His 8-year-old son followed and started to cry when he realized his iPad was gone. That third woman then noticed the commotion and fled.
Thanks to Crimestoppers, officers were able to find the iPads and located two of women seen in the video. Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle explained, "We received a tip through Crimestoppers. Last night, the detectives traveled down to Dade County to try to make contact with these people. Through some communications with an attorney we were able to recover the iPads."
"I don't think they expected that level of security surveillance from a barbecue joint," noted the father.
"At this time, we've identified two of the three women that were involved in this," said Engle. However, police are still looking for a woman seen on the surveillance footage wearing a white shirt and holding the devices.
Once recovered, it appeared the memory on both iPads had been erased. Still, "I was happy, and I never thought that I would see them again in my lifetime," said the younger Worrell.
Police say arrests will be made, but they still need the public's help, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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