By Kimberly Richardson , WSB-TV
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – After seeing surveillance footage of a thief ripping a tablet out of a 4-year-old’s hands, a Georgia man gave the boy a brand-new tablet.
Geoffrey Christian told WSB-TV‘s Kimberly Richardson that he was outraged and sad when he saw surveillance video of the boy playing on his tablet and his brother reading a book when a man walked up, grabbed the tablet and ran out the door.
“It really hurt. My son, he kept asking, ‘Mommy, Mommy, am I going to get my tablet back?’” the children’s mother, Tamara Nolan, said.
Nolan said she and her two children were at the First Coin Laundry on Tara Boulevard Sunday afternoon when the tablet was stolen.
Christian told Richardson that he had just purchased some tablets for his daughters and couldn’t imagine someone doing that to them.
“I bought their tablets for the new ‘Pokémon Go‘ craze,” Christian said. “It makes them so happy, and I just couldn’t imagine it happening to them.”
Christian contacted Channel 2 Action News and was able to get in touch with Nolan.
“She was absolutely overwhelmed with joy,” Christian said. ” It was just so important to me to do this because these tablets are tools to help you learn.”
Christian and Nolan met Tuesday morning at the Pavilion Shopping Center for the tablet handoff.
Additionally, after finding out that Nolan didn’t have a charger for the tablet, Christian went to a nearby Walmart to purchase one for the 4-year-old boy.
“I just didn’t want to see his innocence taken away,” Christian said. “I will not stand for that.”
The man who snatched the tablet went back to the First Coin Laundry and returned the tablet on Tuesday after seeing the report on Channel 2.