A family friend thought 7-year-old Audrey Noland should have a Valentines Day gift waiting for her when she got home from school.
By MATT CAMPBELL
The Kansas City Star
But all the second-grader found was a deflated balloon in the bushes. The rest of the balloon bouquet and candy that the friend had left on the front porch was stolen Thursday afternoon.
A neighbor saw a man pull into the driveway and brazenly snatch the gifts. The neighbor, who couldnt believe what she was seeing, was unable to read the license plate, but she called Audreys mom, Jan Noland, at work.
People take things, Noland said later Thursday, with resignation. But its a terrible situation that somebody would do that.
The single mother and her daughter live behind the Wal-Mart where the old Blue Ridge Mall used to be. Jan Noland says its a nice neighborhood, although someone did steal two animated and lighted Christmas deer from their yard last year while they were at church.
Noland related the Valentines theft on her Facebook page because she didnt want whoever left the bouquet and candy to wonder why they didnt receive a thank-you. She has since learned who it was.
She said Audrey knows what happened, but she had a happy Valentines Day anyway, because of her party at school.
Shes still sad about the reindeer, Noland said. Its sad that people do things like this.
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