A 9-year-old Cleveland boy was devastated last week when the binder containing his treasured collection of Pokémon cards was stolen right out of his hand as he walked down the sidewalk.
Bryce’s mother called the police, who recovered the binder from a kid in a nearby neighborhood. The only problem is that some of Bryce’s beloved cards were missing — so Officer James Grotenrath gave the boy his own childhood Pokémon collection.
“I grew up with Pokémon,” the 26-year-old cop told Cleveland’s Fox 8. “I loved Pokémon as a kid and I would be heartbroken too if my cards were taken from me.”
When his shift ended, Grotenrath went home and dug through the closet for his own treasured cards, which includes at least one real gem, and returned with them to Bryce’s house. “There’s only about 10 of these in the world and I have one of them,” Bryce explained.
“It’s a priceless item,” Grotenrath added, “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.”
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