A West Des Moines woman who had her I-pod stolen now has it back after we aired photos of two teens who were using it. But the victim still has her concerns about one of the teens.
Tuesday night we showed you pictures of two teens who were using the stolen I-pod, apparently not realizing that the pictures they were taking were automatically shared with the victims through their I-cloud account.
We wanted you to help us identify the teens because two of the pictures were very disturbing. They showed the teenage boy holding what appears to be a gun to his head and in his mouth. Wednesday morning, we received an anonymous e-mail saying the I-pod would be returned, and viewers helped us identify the teens. Now, police are hoping to talk with the boy. The victim says she’s worried about him. "Just the actions themselves, whether they're playful or what it just..it bothers me." says Stacie Hesterberg, "It just bothers me."
Here is the text of the e-mail we received:
"You put up pictures of my minor son this morning on the news. He found an iPod in a parking lot and was using it. He FOUND it lying muddy on the ground where the owner dropped it. There were pictures you put up of him holding a "gun" to his head. That gun was an airsoft pistol he got for Christmas. I am feeling he has been harrassed (sic) and violated by your airing his pictures and calling him a thief without knowing any facts. My son is a great kid who isnt (sic) a thief OR a suicidal gun owner! He is only 14 years old and I really hope this doesnt (sic) damage him!! We have just dropped the iPod off in the owners mailbox. Our lawyer may be contacting you."
The e-mail address that was provided was not an active account. We are not releasing the teens names because they have not been charged with a crime.