Police Officer Gives His Pokemon Collection To Kid Whose Collection Was Stolen

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When a nine year old boy's Pokemon collection was stolen, a police officer went over and beyond his duties to bring a smile back on the boy's face. The nine year old, named Bryce, had his Pokemon card collection stolen out of his hands while walking over to a friend's house. Bryce's mother called the police, leading to officer James Grotenrath and his partner to investigate.

Grotenrath and his partner found the thief, another young boy, and retrieved Bryce's Pokemon card collection. Unfortunately, Bryce discovered that several of the cards were missing out of his binder. "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 told a local television station.

So, Grotenrath dug out his old Pokemon collection and surprised Bryce the next day by giving him his older cards. Grotenrath's collection contained dozens of original Pokemon cards, including a promotional Mew card given out during the release of the original Pokemon movie. "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," the police officer said about the exchange.

Bryce now says he has a new favorite police officer, replacing his two uncles who are also police officers, while Grotenrath was just happy to see the boy smile. "Anything we can do to put a smile on a citizens face, is a job well done in our book," Grotenrath said.

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