Kyle Baumgardner put up an online ad last December to sell his cell phone. It did not take long before an “interested buyer” contacted him and offered him $ 500. Baumgardner agreed to meet the person in a community in northeastern Calgary.
But immediately after showing him the phone, it was torn from his hands.
“I held the phone and he took it straight out of my hand. It was a matter of seconds and he was already gone,” Baumgardner said.
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It turns out that the phone was resold to an unsuspecting teenager who handed over $ 460 to a criminal. 13-year-old Taysha Andersen-Fraser had no idea it had been stolen before.
“It was all my allowances and birthday and Christmas money. It took me six months to save up for it all, ”said Andersen-Fraser.
Her grandmother Gail Fraser warned the seller in hopes he was trustworthy.
“I said, ‘I hope you’re legitimate, this is my grandson’s life savings.’
“We trusted him. He seemed like a very nice man,” Fraser said.
Just a few weeks later, a member of the Calgary Police Service showed up at her door to seize the stolen phone.
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“That kind of scared me,” Andersen-Fraser said. “I thought I was doing something wrong.”
The officer was It. Darcy Williams.
“That day was one of the worst in a long time: having to seize a phone from a 13-year-old even though it was stolen,” Williams said.
“I have a job to do, but I’m empathetic.”
Williams is the father and coach of his daughter Okoto’s hockey team. Ella Glubish, a 15-year-old player, knew something was wrong when Williams came to the rink later that day.
“Coach Darcy came into the locker room and we knew something was not quite right and he told us the story and our whole team really felt sorry for her,” Glubish said.
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In the spirit of teamwork, they raised money to buy the phone back to Andersen-Fraser. Tasia Miller, 17, said they felt rewarded for helping.
“All year we work on ourselves and it’s nice to do something for someone else and not just focus on the team,” Miller said.
The girls raised enough money during a weekend bottle trip. They agreed to pay Baumgardner, which gave them a reduced rate.
“I never thought I would see the phone again. After hearing her story, I would do it right and have only one victim out of this,” Baumgardner said.
“When you’re a coach, people expect you to teach hockey, and I’m great at teaching them to be a mentor and life skills and knowing right from wrong, and I’m proud of them,” Williams said.
Andersen-Fraser and her family said they were moved by the gesture.
“It’s honestly really surprising. Not many people would do it for someone they don’t even know,” Andersen-Fraser said.
“It was great to see this officer go beyond that and bring it out of his profession. He showed a lot of heart to make sure Taysha had a phone,” Fraser said. “I was very emotional.
“I got tears of gratitude.”
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