NBC12 viewer helps Chesterfield burglary victims

Published: Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:33 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2013 at 3:51 AM EST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When thieves steal from children, people get offended.

Thursday night at 11, we told you about a Chesterfield family being hit by burglars - they even took the toddler's piggy bank!

Bail bondsman Vernon King called 12, wanting to help. The surprise left the little girl speechless.

Disgust drove King to replace the cash thieves took when they cracked open little Avery's piggy bank. He called 12 with his offer to help, and the two families met here at NBC12.

Counting out cash is different from his regular job posting bail to guarantee accused people appear in court.

"You know that $80 that you lost, that someone took?" said King to Avery. "Here, 20, 40, 60, $80."

It's an attempt to correct a wrong done to a child.

Avery's mom showed us how thieves invaded their home in Chesterfield's Foxberry subdivision, trashing it, looking for quick cash. They snatched pills, jewelry and $80 from Avery's piggy bank after they smashed it.

King and his family made the two-year-old speechless Friday night. The family says they went on TV Thursday night to put a face on a nasty experience. The bail bondsman says he saw their pain and called 12.

"It broke my heart," said King. "It was upsetting. I wanted to give her her 80 bucks back."

"There are good people who really care about other people," said Avery's mother, Saia Griffith. "If I find out who he was, I will make sure that he does not bond out of jail."

Avery's grandparents bought her a new piggy bank, and that's where her money will soon end up.

The piggy bank thief is still on the run. If you have any information, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

Copyright 2013 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.