Cleveland, OH Officer and 9 year old boy bond over theft of Pokemon cards

A 9 year old boy named Bryce had a collection of Pokemon cards he was going to show to some friends when they were stolen from him. The Police were called, what happened next was very unexpected.

In Cleveland, Ohio a boy named Bryce, 9 had a set of Pokemon cards that he had collected and was excited to show his friends. However while he was out the collection he kept in a binder was stolen right out of his hands. 

He went home and told his mother that the collection was stolen and she contacted the Police. Officers James Grotenrath and Ken Kirk showed up to investigate the theft and took a report.

Cleveland Police Officer Grotenrath understood how important these cards were to young Bryce because the officer himself collected the cards himself when he was younger too. So after he filed the appropriate paperwork he went home and did something not many other people would do.

The Officer retrieved his own collection of Pokemon cards and went back to Bryce’s home and bestowed the cards upon Bryce as a gift as a replacement for the ones that had been stolen.

One of the cards that the Officer had given as a gift had been pretty rare as well. This was not lost on Bryce as he stated:  “It’s a banned card of Pokeman and there’s only about ten of these in the world and I have one of them,” explained Bryce.

“It’s a priceless item, but it’s better to see someone else smile, and in my book, like my partner says, it’s just happy to see a citizen smile instead of always frowning upon us and looking the other way,” said Grotenrath.

The kids who actually stole the set of cards from Bryce were later found although all of the cards that were taken were not recovered. The kids were just a few years older than Bryce and were not arrested but were given a “stern” talking to.

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Bryce and Officer James Grotenrath showing off a set of Pokemon cards they bonded over

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