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Police are hoping someone recognizes this man, who is suspect of stealing an iPad from a developmentally disabled man Police are hoping someone recognizes this man, who is suspect of stealing an iPad from a developmentally disabled man
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Laura Lavoie says her son's iPad has been returned.  Spokane Police apprehended a person they believe may have been involved in the theft.  According to Lavoie, that person has been taken into custody.  No word yet on what charges the person arrested will be facing at this time.

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A new low reached by a suspected iPad thief on the south hill.

Laura Lavoie was with her son Matthew at the Walgreens store on 29th and Grand to get a prescription filled on Tuesday. Matthew, 20, who has Down syndrome just had dental surgery and was waiting in the car listening to Christmas music on his iPad while his mom went in to the pharmacy.

While Laura was inside, she tells us, a young man came out of the store and stole Matthew's iPad. According to Laura the man had convinced Matthew to unlock the door and when he did, the suspect took the iPad and ran.

"When I came back with the prescription he was standing there with his head on the car and he says, 'my iPad'. He kept pointing to the parking lot," says Lavoie.

An employee from the Walgreens came out and asked what happened. He then told Lavoie that they believe that same young man had stolen a cell phone from the store.

The company turned surveillance video over the Spokane Police Department which is investigating the case.

In the meantime for Matthew, he says he's sad. Lavoie tells us Matthew used the iPad in a speech group at school and used it to communicate with people regularly.

She says she's shocked at the heartlessness of the crime.

"I just wanted to cry. It broke my heart that somebody would do something like this," says Lavoie, "to trick somebody with a disability."

SPD is still looking for the suspect. You can view the surveillance photos in the slideshow above this article and if you have any information call Crime Check at 509-456-2233


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