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Tempe police officers replace stolen toy gator tractor for young boy

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Apr 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-25 18:34:13-04

Tempe police officers made a random act of kindness by replacing a stolen toy gator tractor for a young boy earlier this month.

Officials say on April 8, the boy's father, Peter Philbrook, posted in a Facebook group about his son's battery-operated gator tractor that had been stolen from their complex.

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In the post, the father said that the gator tractor wasn't worth much in dollars but it was a project that he and his four-year-old son Gerald had bonded over.

Tempe police found the post online and attempted to locate the original gator tractor but were unsuccessful.

After receiving some financial assistance from a local Walmart and the Tempe Officers Association, the officers were able to purchase a new gator truck for Gerald.

In a tweet Saturday, Tempe police officers were caught on video surprising the four-year-old boy with the brand new gator truck.