After breaking into a Seattle woman’s car and stealing some items, the thief left behind a key piece of evidence – his cellphone. The victim scrolled through the phone’s contacts and called the thief’s mother.
“This is a very uncomfortable phone call to make,” said Eliza Webb, when she dialed up the suspect’s mother. “I have your son’s phone and I’m missing some things out of my car and I think they might be two related items.”
The 29-year-old Webb and her husband then drove to the teen’s house to pick up her stolen items. She soon found out that the 19-year-old thief and a friend had gone through at least 10 other unlocked cars in her neighborhood out of “boredom” after drinking.
Webb was kind enough to give the kids a chance to do the right thing – give back the items that were stolen and try and track down the other victims and she wouldn’t call the police.
The teen and his friend agreed and then rang many doorbells in the neighborhood of the crimes to apologize for their actions.
“I think bringing the police and courts into something like this can have long-term devastating consequences for kids,” Webb said, according to The Seattle Times.
“I’m deeply grateful to Eliza for taking the time to become personally involved with my son and giving him the chance to go face-to-face with the people he victimized and make amends,” the thief’s mom stated.
Webb, who works with high school students, said she just wanted the teens to own up to their mistakes and understand the consequences.