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Skateboards for kids in low-income areas stolen from Valley skate shop

Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 20:38:10-05

Around a half-dozen skateboards meant for a Valley non-profit were stolen Monday from a Tempe skate shop's parking lot, according to employees at Cowtown Skateboards off University Drive near Mill Avenue. 

The boards -- part of the shop's "Skateboard Angel" program in partnership with non-profit Skate After School -- were in the process of being loaded into a truck and, eventually, distributed to children in low-income areas. 

"Especially around the holidays and it being for a good cause ... that really irks me a lot to see that happen," Cowtown Manager Rahshad Hyde told ABC15. 

A photo circulating on social media from a neighboring business shows the sedan that, according to employees, the thief was driving. The car is missing its passenger-side wheel rim and appears to have a broken window behind the back passenger seat. 

The shop did not file a police report and instead is asking whoever took the skateboards to do the right thing. 

"That's all we really want," Hyde said, "for people to be caring and nice and give back what they took so we can give back to these kids and help them out."