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Thief Apologizes, Buys New Wagon For Disabled Boy

One of two wagon thieves apologizes and delivers new wagon Friday morning.

Tracy, Alex and Max Bean at their home Friday after a stolen wagon was returned.
Tracy, Alex and Max Bean at their home Friday after a stolen wagon was returned.

There was a knock at the door of Tracy Bean’s 16th Avenue home Friday morning.

Because she was busy helping her 6-year-old disabled boy, Alex, with breakfast, she didn’t know that on the other side of that door was hope. And contrition.

She opened the door and there stood one of the two women caught on security cameras stealing a wagon from her front yard early morning Tuesday – the wagon that was Alex’s favorite.

She apologized profusely for the theft. She said she was sorry. She said she wasn’t thinking. And although she did not know where Alex’s wagon was, she bought him a new one. It was still in the box.

“I’m moved to tears,’’ Bean said. “All is right.”

Bean said the woman, who she did not want to identify, could not have been more remorseful or apologetic. The woman even wrote a letter of apology, Bean said.

“She was very sincere,’’ Bean said. “She said they just didn’t think about it at the time.’’                 

The theft of the wagon was caught on the Bean’s security cameras. Tracy Bean put the video on YouTube on Thursday, which was picked up by numerous news organizations and distributed widely on the internet.

“This just couldn’t have turned out better,’’ Bean said. “That’s all we wanted. I’m very, very, very, grateful and happy.’’

Jen Piasecki September 06, 2013 at 12:46 PM
ah, humanity!! Thankfully the girl is only dumb when she's intoxicated. I'm sure we have all done silly things like that when we were drunk (in belmar, on 16th ave, etc etc etc)... Very happy for this positive ending to a sad story.
Holly Bigelow-Miller September 06, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Amen. I agree with you Jen. That was awsome she came to apologize face to face. :)
Scott Neuman September 06, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Nice to see someone stand up and apologize and then make it as close to right as possible.
Travis Johnson September 06, 2013 at 02:40 PM
we all make mistakes....judgement comes in how we deal with them...kudos to the young woman for taking ownership of her lapse in judgement!
Jerry Belle September 06, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I just hope that a Toys R Us isn't missing an unopened wagon that was not paid for... I just hope that someone didn't order a new wagon and right after UPS left it on the porch where no one was home, this contrite person didn't happen to "find" it... If the child wasn't handicapped, would it have even been returned? Maybe I am cynical, but she doesn't know where the old wagon is and probably doesn't want to say who she was with, so how sincere is the apology. They remain free to continue stealing from others and that just is not right.
Chris Gahler September 08, 2013 at 08:32 AM
Wow Jerry. Your world must be a sad one

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