This is unbelievable. A young 9-year-old boy became friends with a police officer over their similar interest in Pokemon cards. Then, out of the blue, something strange happened to the boy and nearly brought him to tears…
“These cards I had around since I was about six,” Bryce said proudly.
For Bryce, his collection of Pokemon cards has meant everything to him, ever since he began trading them with friends.
“They told me that Pokemon is a huge thing and they showed me their cards, gave me a few and that’s how I started out my collection,” said Bryce.
He keeps them in a binder.
This week he was walking to a friend’s house in his Slavic Village neighborhood to show them off.
“Some kid stole them right out of my hand and he ran over there,” he explained.
Bryce says he was devastated as his treasured collection was gone in an instant.
“Then my mom called the cops and they showed up,” Bryce said.
Cleveland police officers James Grotenrath and Ken Kirk showed up to investigate.
“Some of the neighborhood kids were helping Bryce look down for whoever this boy was and we ended up finding him over in Newburgh Heights,” said Grotenrath.
Police recovered the binder, but some of Bryce’s cards were missing.
“I grew up with Pokemon, I loved Pokemon as a kid and I would be heartbroken too if my cards were taken from me,” Grotenrath said.
Officer Grotenrath says after his shift, he went home, rummaged through his closet and found his old collection.
The 26-year old and two-year Cleveland police veteran surprised Bryce.
He returned to his house, and gave up his own Pokemon collection as well as other cards he had stored.
“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.
This was truly a selfless act. We need more people like this cop, society is much more self-centered than they used to be. Officers were informed that the kid who stole the Pokemon cards were just a few years older than Bryce, they got scolded pretty bad, but in the end, no charges were pressed. Why do kid’s think they are entitled to everything now? Are we raising our children wrong? What does society do differently now, than in the past?