A 6-year-old boy and aspiring police officer in Punta Gorda, Florida, received a brand-new toy police car after his old one got trashed by a vandal.
Mason Ford likes to dress up as a police officer and patrol his neighborhood to keep everyone safe, but he became the unfortunate target of a crime after an angry neighbor destroyed his Power Wheels car.
The suspect, Erick Vega, was caught on surveillance camera cutting the car’s microphone wire, slashing the seatbelts and cutting open the car cover.
That’s when the police reached out to the community for help.
Punta Gorda Police said managers at the Punta Gorda Walmart and Prompt Towing decided to help out after hearing about the investigation.
“I had come up with the idea that we would just donate it to them,” said April Hardway with the local Walmart.
Chief Pamela Davis, along with members of the PGPD, escorted the boy’s new truck to him via tow truck.
“When we explained that we needed more good people like him to help us out doing our job, he was pretty excited about that,” Lieutenant Justin Davoult said. “He jumped in it right away, but he was sure to put his seatbelt on first.”
Vega faces charges of criminal mischief. He was arrested and then released on $1,000 bond.