Team effort catches snowboard thieves at Play It Again Sports in Novi
Parents, police, store employee all play role in catching thieves
NOVI, Mich. – When someone stole Jordan Edens' brand new snowboard he figured he would never see it again.
"We didn't know what to do or what to think. We were just all in shock," he said.
The 15-year-old and his three friends had been snowboarding at Alpine Valley in White Lake. They stopped at a neighboring McDonald's where snowboards are not allowed inside. The thieves saw their chance.
"We looked outside and we saw a truck drive by with all of our snowboards in it," said Jordan.
Jordan's mother and other parents rushed to the scene of the crime while police checked security video.
"As parents, we just decided that these people were probably going to sell them for quick money," said Jennifer Edens, Jordan's mother.
She called a pawn shop. Another kid's father called Play It Again Sports in Novi. At that moment, police say Sean Suhy and Mariah Denley were walking into the Play It Again to try to sell the stolen goods.
Brandon Camper stalled the thieves.
"We just hung out and talked with them. We knew the cops were on their way, but we didn't know how long it was going to take," said Camper, an employee at the story.
The couple walked in with snowboards and walked out in handcuffs. It was good teamwork between the parents, police and the store.
"It's kind of nice being able to kind of help out some young kids," said Camper.
Jordan, who competes for a high school snowboarding team, is back on the slopes with his favorite gear.
"It's awesome," he said.
Suhy and Denley also are charged with stealing the pickup truck. If convicted, they will have found their own path downhill.
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