The neighbor is the hero in this one
About 9:30 AM on Sunday a 19-year-old neighbor we’ll call “G” looked out the window of his house to see two teenage African-American males standing by two mopeds. One moped was black and yellow in color and looked like it had been covered in part with black spray paint. The second moped was green in color and G recognized it as belonging to his neighbor. One of the young men started to rip out the panel of the neighbor’s moped. G knew something was wrong, called 911 and then went outside to confront the young men.
The young men fled pushing the neighbor’s moped down the street. G gave chase on foot and continued yelling at the young men. G’s action apparently scared the young men. They dropped the neighbor’s moped in the street, both got on their one moped and fled the area towards Missouri. Another neighbor got in their vehicle and attempted to follow the suspects' moped; it was last seen in Missouri.
The bad news is a couple of young men came to our city and ended up trying to take a moped from an open garage door in daylight; a true crime of opportunity. We also need your help, if you see two teenage African-American males driving around on a yellow and black moped that appears to be spray-painted in black, please call dispatch 913l782-0720, we’d like to visit with them.
The great news; one neighbor was looking out for another, called the police and jumped into action to prevent the crime. The moped was returned to its rightful owner. However, what was really cool was how many neighbors either attempted to stop the crime or came out very shortly after it happened to check on their fellow neighbor. It’s folks like that, who take care of one another, that make this place a special city. Two days later all the victim could talk about is how cool his neighbors were.
We certainly can't and wouldn't ask people to jump in like G did. However, those of you that know G, stop by and thank him, I know the folks around WWPD are pretty impressed by him.
Keep looking out for one another.