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Wrestling Belt of 5-Year-Old Boy Stolen--Then Returned By Thieves

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BLADES, DE-A family in Blades, Delaware was devastated after porch pirates stole a package they sent off to Washington State that was near and dear to their hearts.

The Vick family tells WBOC they are huge fans of wrestling, and the biggest fan among them all, their five-year-old son Timothy Vick Jr.

Timothy Vick Sr. says his son was first diagnosed with autism when he was two-years-old, and then was diagnosed with a brain tumor this past October.

"Usually kids with autism have a problem concentrating and what not," Vick said. "It's just something with the WWE, because there is so much going on all at once, he loves to wrestle with his brothers, his dad, his sister," he said.

But that is not the end of Timmy's struggles, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor last October. After learning about it, Timmy's parents began saving up to give their child something he would never forget, a realistic WWE Pro Championship Wrestling Belt. 

The Vicks say in order to do so, they had to purchase a replica belt online, and then pay to have it sent off to a manufacturer in Washington State who can make alterations to have the belt look like the real thing.

"The replicas have plastic stones, and he puts cubic zirconia on it, or the Slovakian crystals. The plates, there's three individual plates on there. He stacks them, just like the WWE does, it's twice as thick," Vick said.

In total, the Vicks say they spent around two thousand dollars to make this happen.

But when they sent it off to Sergio Moreira, who redesigns these belts to have them simulate what pro wrestlers wear, the box was stolen from Moreira's porch by two women. 

Moreira says he was not home at the time.

"My phone alerted me, I have a Ring door-cam and it alerted me that there was motion at my front door, so when I looked at my phone I saw the two ladies," he said.

Moreira says he alerted the police shortly after, as well as Timmy's parents who were devastated.

"When you take something and it belongs to a five-year-old child, living the life that Timmy's lived so far, words can't express how I feel for these people," Moreira said. 

He says the Vicks box, along with one other was stolen from his porch. In the Vick's box were two belts, and in the other, another wrestling belt.

The Edgewood Police Department said initially, they found one of the boxes that was shipped near Edgewood--but it was empty.

But after police released video of the thieves, people began sending in tips, and the two women apparently got wind of it.

In a matter of days, the women came back to Moreira's home with the wrestling belts, along with a 4-page handwritten apology.

It said, "We are so sorry for taking your stuff. Never in a million years would I have stolen from a sick five-year-old myself and am ashamed of what I did."

The letter went on to say that one of the women had a six-year-old child herself, is addicted to drugs and was homeless. It explains they wanted to make a quick dollar, and "never wanted to steal a child's hope."

The women went on to say that Timmy is the "real hero," and asked for forgiveness.

Moreira says he is elated to have the belts back in his possession, does not want to press charges, but wants the women to get the help they need.

Timmy's parents agree, but say the two would not have returned it unless they were caught on camera.

"They are sorry because they got caught," Timmy's mother Danialle Johnson said.

"If it was anyone else, would you have cared? You only care because he is a five-year-old special needs child."

The Vick family says they are torn on whether or not they feel the two women should be prosecuted, but officials say this will ultimately be left to prosecutors. 

In the meantime, Moreira says Timmy's belt should be ready for shipment in about three weeks. 

The Vick family says they plan to track this shipment and require a signature before it is delivered. 

"I can't wait to get it and to show it to him and to hand it to him," Timmy's mother said.

"I know he's going to be so excited."

 

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