Franklin officer buys new laptop for 7-year-old whose home was burglarized

Posted at 7:39 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 23:58:49-04

FRANKLIN, Ohio -- Officer Patrick Holland went the extra mile for a family who returned home Tuesday to find their home burglarized.

Tabby Roberts and her 7-year-old daughter, Cartar, lost their television, money, jewelry and, most importantly, Cartar's laptop to the thief.

Holland and reserve officer Johnny Miller helped the family check their home for danger and assess the scale of the burglary. 

"They asked how old (Cartar) is and what does she do with her laptop," Tabby said. "I said, ‘What doesn't she do with her laptop?' "

After taking a report with the details, the pair left the home. Miller said he assumed they were off to complete patrols in other parts of the city, but Holland pulled into a Walmart parking lot instead.

"I said to Officer Holland, ‘Did I miss a call? What are we doing here?' " Miller said. "He said, ‘Johnny, today we win and crime loses. We are going to buy her a new Chrome Book.' "

Twenty minutes later, the Robertses got another knock on the door. There, to Cartar's delight, was Holland with a new laptop in hand.

"I knew there had to be something done," he said. "We couldn't let the bad guy win that day."