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Porch Pirate Made Off With Boy's Cancer Drugs

Mom says $40K worth of medication was stolen
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 12, 2019 6:07 PM CST
This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows a package thief who made off Thursday, Feb. 7, with a delivery box containing what a mother reported was...   (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – A thief in Las Vegas made off with a delivery package containing what a mother told police was $40,000 worth of cancer treatment drugs for her 14-year-old son, authorities said Tuesday. Police issued a plea for help finding the thief and released a photo of the man seen in doorbell security video, the AP reports. He took two packages from the front of a home Thursday, Officer Laura Meltzer said. Stacey Shavinsky told KLAS-TV that she just wants the thief to return a box containing a chemotherapy drug that her son takes daily for a rare form of cancer. "You're not just taking pants or a shirt, you're taking something that's keeping someone alive," she said.

Shavinsky called 911 and filed a police report, Meltzer said, but an immediate search of the neighborhood by a detective did not find the thief. Because of the value of the package, he could face a felony theft charge, Meltzer said. The man was believed to be in his 20s, wearing sunglasses, a red baseball cap, and a red plaid shirt. (A preschooler's kidney medication met a similar fate.)


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