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July 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Car-prowling victim reaches out to perpetrators

A heartening story

Eliza Webb was startled to find a cell phone next to her burgled car at her West Seattle home, and surmised it might belong to the burglar.  It did.  And Webb, along with husband Blake, set out to make things right. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.]

Eliza Webb was startled to find a cell phone next to her burgled car at her West Seattle home, and surmised it might belong to the burglar. It did. And Webb, along with husband Blake, set out to make things right. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.]

Kudos for printing Christine Clarridge’s story on the front page. [“Victim makes teen car prowlers own up to spree,” page one, July 8.]

While we face horrendous challenges nationally and internationally, this article calls attention to vital issues right here. I was so heartened that the victim of a crime took the initiative to educate a young perpetrator and include her entire neighborhood in doing so.

She did not spend taxpayer dollars or throw away the future of some teenagers to make the point that our actions have consequences. She interacted with neighbors in her community, drawing them closer in the process. Parents took responsibility for the kids’ actions, and the kids owned up to what they did.

My heart goes out to the other victim in the piece, who also faced consequences many years before: the woman’s husband bared a painful and embarrassing episode not just to the thieves, but to the entire readership of The Seattle Times. I applaud him for his courage and willingness to serve as an example.

Betsy Schneier, Seattle

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