Cop gives Pokemon cards to boy after theft

Posted at 11:05 AM, May 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-22 11:05:07-04

A Cleveland police officer is making national headlines after he went above and beyond for a local boy whose Pokemon collection was stolen. 

“We originally received a radio broadcast for a juvenile’s Pokémon cards that were stolen right out of his hands,” Officer Jimmy Grotenrath told ABC News over the weekend. “While on scene we collected information from the child, Bryce Angelone, his mother, Angela Angelone, and some other neighborhood kids.”

Luckily, Grotenrath and his partner were able to get most of the Pokemon cards back. But his job didn't stop there. After his shift, Grotenrath went home and found some of his own Pokemon cards he had collected as a kid. 

“I stopped back over to his house and gave them to him and he was just ecstatic. He was so excited," Grotenrath said.

“The family was all on the porch happy to see us," Grotenrath told ABC News. "I then told Bryce to come to my zone car and told him I had something to give him. I then handed him a bunch of binders where his face was smiling from cheek to cheek and even dropped them when I handed them to him in excitement. That is when he pulled out some of his other collection of Pokémon cards and was showing them off. His collection expanded even more.”

On Grotenrath's Facebook page, he wrote that Bryce has two uncles who are also Cleveland police officers in the third and fifth districts.

"Anything we can do to put a smile on a citizens face, is a job well done in our book," he wrote.

As of Sunday morning, the photo had been viewed more than 2 million times on Imgur