Child’s Christmas gift from mom stolen from front porch

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This is a photo of the painting that was stolen.

A Pawleys Island woman says a priceless painting of her 11-year-old daughter was stolen from her porch after it was delivered by UPS Dec. 10.

In a letter to the Georgetown Times, Lori Turner of the 200 block of Russell Drive says the thief probably thought they were stealing she had ordered online.

What was actually taken was a painting of her daughter with a dragon.

According to an incident report, when the woman did not receive the painting as expected Dec. 10, she called UPS and was told it had been delivered at 5:04 p.m. that day.

Just to be sure, the driver was contacted and confirmed the delivery was made. Turner said the driver was able to describe her home.

A neighbor said she saw the delivery being made. She said it was left on the doorstep. She said she did not see anyone take the package.

In her letter, Turner addressed the thief.

“Perhaps you thought it would make a nice gift for someone you know, but don’t care enough about to actually spend your own money or time choosing the correct gift. But, instead, It is something that will be completely useless to you, yet, priceless to me. It was also the Christmas present for an eleven year old girl, that was a long time in the making,” she wrote.

She said her daughter has a love for art and painting, so she “splurged” to have an artist create the drawing of her daughter riding a dragon.

“You will open the package and see a painting of my daughter and a dragon and you will throw it away. After all, what use do you have of a painting of my daughter?” Turner wrote. “And what do I tell her on Christmas morning? I can show her a picture of the painting that the artist had sent me, after all, that’s not so hard to wrap. I can explain that this is a picture of the painting she would have gotten, if a thief hadn’t taken it from our porch. And, I can explain that, although she has made straight A’s, has done her chores and has been a very good girl.....she just doesn’t have much under the tree, this year.”

Turner said she hates that her daughter will be “touched by the ugliness in this world.”

To the thief she wrote “you have broken hearts and dreams, for no gain...and at Christmas.”

If anyone has any information about the theft, they are urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 546-5102.

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