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[Updated] Vancouver Woman In Wheelchair Robbed Of Her iPad While On Skytrain

by on May 16th, 2012

Update 1: According to CBC News Vancouver, one suspect has been arrested as of May 16, 2012.

This story is a bit of a tearjerker because it has a fantastic ending.

On May 10, 2012, Cassie Campbell was robbed by two men at the Metrotown Skytrain station in Burnaby, BC. Cassie Campbell is in her early 20’s, has cerebral palsy, is deaf, and cannot speak. The iPad provided her an integral means of communication. On that Thursday night after entering a skytrain car, two men pushed her over in her wheelchair, assaulted her, and stole the iPad.

While several witnesses were present, a few of which chased the two thieves, there have been no arrests thus far. There was however survelliance video that local police are using to lead to the arrest of these two men.

After the story was broadcast on CBC News Vancouver earlier this week, viewer and good samaritan Dennis Wong called the CBC newsroom and offered to purchase a new iPad for Cassie Campbell. A few hours later when Wong was at the Metrotown Apple Store making his purchase, Cassie Campbell happened to arrive on her own! Wong was then able to give Cassie her new iPad in-person, along with a Smart Cover and additional accessories.

Wong said that in his business as a professional locksmith he has seen many bad things happen to people, and after seeing what happened to Cassie he wanted to do something positive.

So this story that started out shocking and sad has ended on a positive note! While this story should not in any way negatively reflect the Vancouver transit system, there is a lesson to be learned here that you should always take care of your valuables no matter where you are.

Enjoy your new iPad Cassie!

[via CBC News Vancouver]

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  • flabeo

    Proof how one Wong can make it right!

    Seriously though, huge respect for Mr. Wong, someday I hope to be in the financial position to help folks like this. 

  • Hehe, nice one. 🙂

  • Ken Hardie

    You will be pleased to know that Transit Police have arrested one suspect.

  • Bdd888

    Nice to see fellow Chinese-Canadians stepping up to do good for others. We need more Dennis Wong’s. 

  • Crvsmith

    I don’t know if the last paragraph is yours or the CBC’s but it sounds like we are once again blaming the innocent victim for what happened to her.She did nothing wrong here it was the two jerks that assaulted and robbed her that are to blame here.

  • Ex

    Correct. However it is always a best practice to keep your valuables safe, no matter who you are or where you are. When I take the Vancouver Skytrain, I try to keep my iPad concealed as much as possible because I don’t want to give anyone a reason to do anything…if they were even considering to do so. The iPad, and most Apple products, are hot targets.