Stolen iPad recovered, returned to child

Courtesy of Rhode Island Most Wanted

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — A young boy’s only means of communicating has been given back to him after it was stolen nearly two weeks ago.

Police said a pair of shoppers at the Walmart in Coventry took a cart containing the iPad when the child and his caretaker stepped away for a moment.

The boy is nonverbal, and uses the iPad to communicate with others. However, police said the device was wiped back to factory settings and no longer contained the app he used.

His mother said it was initially installed by the school department, and plans to see if they can re-install it on Wednesday.

Coventry Police Det. Steve Gabriele said he received a call Monday from a woman that claimed her mother found the device in the parking lot on the day of the theft.

Police are still working to identify the couple accused of taking the iPad. Anyone with information on the two people depicted in the surveillance photo is asked to call Det. Gabriele of the Coventry Police Department at (401) 826-1100 ext. 6226.

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