Apple Valley mom’s surprise gift from son – stolen
File this one under “Bummer, dude.”
A man who left a surprise gift for his mother to find in the front seat of his car reported to Apple Valley police that the gift – a store-bought ceramic elephant – was stolen from the vehicle before she’d had a chance to discover it.
Police say the man, a 38-year-old Colorado resident, had been visiting his mom at the Cortland Square senior apartments in Apple Valley over the Easter holiday. When he headed home to Colorado on April 9, he left his Honda Accord in Cortland Square’s parking lot, with the gift in a bag in the front seat.
Before the man departed Minnesota, he’d gotten into an argument with his mom, and they weren’t on speaking terms until he called to make amends on April 20, according to police. It was during that phone call that he instructed her to check the front seat of his car to find a nice surprise.
The surprise, it turned out, was anything but nice.
The ceramic elephant was gone, as were the man’s golf clubs, electronic golf range finder and wristwatch.
Police say the items stolen are valued at more than $1,000. No arrests have been made in the case.
There were no signs of forced entry on the vehicle, police say, and the culprit wouldn’t have needed to break in – the vehicle was left unlocked.