It's pretty common for thieves to hit homes around the holidays, but when they struck in Richmond's South side and devastated a little boy, Richmond Police not only investigated, but stepped up to save Christmas.
The property crimes detective at the heart of this story is known on the streets as a tough cop, but for one six-year-old boy, now, he might as well be Santa Claus.
The Richmond Police Department was collecting evidence to try to find the Grinch that stole Christmas from Jordan McCullers. In the simplest of six-year-old terms he told Detective David Cuffley about his favorite toy.
"Somebody stole my airplane," he pouted.
Cuffley couldn't get it out of his head.
"While in the middle of my investigation it just kind of burned me up a little bit that somebody would steal this toy," he recalled.
Because really, Jordan's dad Jerome wondered, what kind of scrooge would steal a toy from a child?
"Somebody that doesn't have no home training," Jerome McCullers speculated. "Their parents weren't there to teach them right from wrong. Their morals are messed up."
Cuffley made a call to social services and a call to action to his fellow officers, who opened their wallets and their hearts.
"Everybody was enthusiastic," Cuffley described. "People that she asked started immediately donating money."
In just one night, they raised enough money to buy Jordan a brand new remote-controlled helicopter and truck.
"We're currently trying to find out who took the helicopter," Cuffley added. "We would love to get his original helicopter back but at this time it just seemed like the next best thing."
A few days later, Cuffley made a special delivery.
"He came back to give me another one," Jordan remembered.
It's a toy Jordan loves so much he's already used up the batteries.
"It can fly," he described. "And it can shoot those and it can jump!"
Now, not only does Jordan have new toys, but this experience has given him a new life goal.
"I wanna be a police when I grow up," he exclaimed.
So far, no one has been arrested for the break-in.
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