This is how it began.......
Early this morning my son, Miles, im'd me on AOL. He had read that Courtney's board had been stolen and was feeling really bad for her. (Miles was a competitive boarder growing up here in the mountains.) He told me that he wanted to help get Courtney a new board and was going to sell all of his snow boarding equipment to help pay for it, now that ice fishing has become his winter passion.
As a mom, I was hugely touched by his generous offer. He has certainly matured into a very kind adult. There were times in his life I had serious doubts that I would allow him to live long enough to become an adult, but that's another story...grin.
At first he was going to bring his stuff to a second hand sports store, but then decided that he would get a little more for it on Craig's list. Hmmm........Craig's list. I was all set to purchase a board for Courtney on Ebay as a surprise gift from Miles and I when I decided that I would check Craig's list to see if I could get a similar board for her locally in time for Christmas.
When I went to Craig's list, while still chatting with Miles and did a search for a board similar to the one we lost, one just like Courtney's came up for a pretty good price. "Just like new..hardly used..blah, blah, blah. As I was reading the description I commented to my son.........what are the odds this could be hers? It was listed the day after hers was stolen and was located in NH.
He took it from there. He contacted the people with a cash offer and they agreed to meet him here in town. While he made the trek up here from where he lives, I contacted the local detectives about our suspicions. The detective set up across from where Miles was meeting the kids selling the board. After the transaction was made they sent Miles home with the board and told him they would contact us later.
About 1/2 hour later we got a call from the detective telling us that the girl had confessed to stealing the board from the mountain. This means that Courtney should get her board back in a week or so after the court date and I should get my money back too.... hopefully the young girl who stole the board will have learned a valuable life lesson.
Sometimes the good guy gets to win :)