Police Officer Replaces Boy’s Stolen Card Collection

July 10, 2016

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. euphoric / yuˈfɔr ɪk / (adj.) – describing a feeling of great excitement and happiness
Example: He felt euphoric when he found out that he passed the university’s entrance examination.

2. prized / praɪzd / (adj.) – describing something that is very valuable
Example: The bags she brought from Europe are some of her prized possessions.

3. stun /stʌn/ (v.) – surprised
Example: The robbery left a stunned expression on her face.

4. avid /ˈæv ɪd/ (adj.) – showing great eagerness and enthusiasm for something
Example: As an avid fan, he never fails to attend the band’s concerts in his city.

5. retrieve /rɪˈtriv/ (v.) – to get something back
Example: The police retrieved the stolen bag.


Read the text below.
A Cleveland police officer turned a 9-year-old boy’s heartbreaking day into a euphoric one by replacing the kid’s stolen Pokémon trading card collection.

Bryce Angelone, who has been collecting Pokémon trading cards since he was six, became heartbroken after hundreds of his prized cards were stolen by several boys from his neighborhood. According to Bryce, the boys asked him to show his collection to them, which was neatly kept in a binder. When he put the binder down, one of the boys snatched it, leaving him stunned. After the incident, Bryce told his mother what happened. 

The mother then called the police and searched for the boy who stole the cards. With the help of some of the kids in their neighborhood, the police were able to locate the boy who stole the collection. James Grotenrath, the officer who looked into the incident, said that they talked to the boy’s parents, who then convinced him to bring the cards out. Incidentally, as a child, Grotenrath was also an avid Pokémon trading card collector, so he understood how Bryce felt.

Bryce was glad to have his collection back, but he was disappointed when he realized that some cards were missing. Grotenrath, feeling extremely sorry for the kid, looked for the cards he collected as a child and gave Bryce several binders of cards he retrieved from his own collection the next day.

Bryce was overjoyed by Grotenrath’s kindness and said that what the officer did was a really hard thing to do. With the kind of collection that Grotenrath had, which included rare cards, Bryce believes that most people would rather sell it than give it away.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         If you were Grotenrath, would you also have given Bryce your prized collection? Why or why not?
·         How can this news affect Cleveland’s perception of police officers?

Discussion B

·         Do you think that having a friendly relationship between police officers and citizens is important? Why or why not?
·         What attitudes should police officers possess?

July 10, 2016