$1,900 gift cards stolen from sick Burleson County teenager
BEAVER CREEK, Texas (KBTX) — A Burleson County teenager’s Christmas is on hold thanks to thieves who stole gift cards from a post office box in Beaver Creek. The Choctaw Nation sent the cards to help with the 14 year old’s Christmas and other expenses.
Ahmad White is no stranger to tough times. At 14, he has already undergone 21 surgeries due to medical complications since birth. The teenager also has another sick family member at home, and his mother is also battling cancer. White’s grandmother, Rhonda Jones, says the flight is disappointing.
“We had a big Christmas for him because of his illness, and his 90-year-old great-grandmother, who lives with us, is trying to pass away, so we were going to have a big Christmas for once,” Jones said. .
Jones says the Choctaw Nation traced the cards and they were used to make purchases in Madisonville and Midway. She’s working with the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office and the Choctaw Nation to hopefully find a solution to get her much-needed money back.
Tony Robinson, postal inspector with the United States Postal Service, says keeping records and communicating with authorities makes a big difference when it comes to recovering stolen mail when receiving gift cards or prepaid cards.
“It is important to notify law enforcement as soon as possible and provide them with the information they can use to track this card, and you can also contact the provider to ensure this card is cancelled,” said said Robinson.
Jones says her faith won’t allow her to react angrily towards the thief but says she has some compassion towards them.
“I don’t know why you did that. You have your own reasons,” Jones said. “But I feel sorry for you, especially when you see this and know that you stole a child who is very sick.”
The Postal Inspector says if you suspect mail is being stolen you should immediately file a report so they can work to track any clusters or hotspots to catch thieves. You can report suspected mail losses to postal inspectors by calling 877-876-2455 or at www.uspis.gov
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