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Stolen carved bears taken by porch pirates in Lakewood returned to their rightful owners

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 01:27:47-04

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Two bears made from carved wood that were stolen from the front porch of a Lakewood home have been returned to their rightful owners.

Nick Alvey and Katie McCune reached out to Contact7 after two bears were taken by porch pirates in the early hours of Saturday.

Surveillance video showed two men – one wearing a blue Adidas jacket with dark shorts and a ball cap, the other wearing a red and black vertical striped soccer jersey with the number 7 on the back – loading the bears into the trunk of a small gray sedan before getting away with the prized possession.

The couple’s only request?

"We just want our bears back,” Mccune said.

You see, the bears weren’t just décor.

"The big bear was my mom's," she said. "She was very festive and dressed the bear up for every occasion."

McCune’s mother died in 2018 from early onset Alzheimer’s. After her death, the bear obtained a deeper meaning.

But good things come to those who wait, as the saying goes, and on Monday morning, the couple emailed Denver7 to let us know the wooden bears had found their way home.

“You will never believe this, but WE GOT THE BEARS BACK THIS MORNING!” the couple said in an email to Denver7.

Both bears had been dumped in their neighbor’s yard, possibly to avoid the couple’s security cameras, the couple said in the email.

Lakewood Police said they’re investigating the case, but had not yet found any suspects as of Monday evening.