A group of Memphis police officers bought a young boy another Xbox video game system after they learned that his first one was stolen during a burglary.
The Memphis Police Department wrote on its Facebook page Monday that while officers were responding to the scene of a burglary they encountered an 11-year-old who lived there with his mother. The boy said he and his mom were at church and came home to find their house broken into.
Among the items that were gone was the boy's Xbox and every single one of his games. Upon talking with the boy further, police realized the boy "didn't have a whole lot" and knew the game system had meant the world to him, despite being handed down to him from someone else.
"The officers asked the little guy if he was going ask Santa for a new one. His reply to them, 'My mom works long hours and several jobs…she uses that money to just pay the bills; I am not gonna even ask,'" the police department's Facebook page explained.
The boy's response touched the officers so much that they later went out to a local GameStop store and bought him a new Xbox and three games. The GameStop location also donated an extra controller.
Presented with the Xbox, the 11-year-old first thought officers had recovered the system that was stolen.
"They asked the young man to take a look at an Xbox they found to see if it was his….he looked in the bag and told the officers, 'No, sir….mine was older,'" the police department's Facebook page said.
That's when officer told him they hadn't recovered his old system but that the new one was now his.
"He was so overwhelmed that it brought tears to not only him, but his mother and officers as well," the department said. "I am sure this little guy will never forget their kind gesture. These officers are going home tonight knowing that they did a good thing."
The Memphis Police Department did not immediately respond when asked if it has arrested anyone in connection with the burglary.
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