Good Samaritan Returns Stolen MacBook To Oklahoma Family

Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 7:48 pm
By: News 9

Last month, thieves took off with most of the Manwell family's electronics including an iPad, MacBook and an MP3 player.

The family thought those things were gone forever, until they got a surprise phone call in the middle of the night.

That phone call came from a woman who actually bought that stolen MacBook for $300 from a friend, who got it from a friend. That woman then returned it to the rightful owner once she discovered it was hot.

Diona Manwell finally has her MacBook pro back in her possession. Something she never thought would happen after those thieves took it from her home.

"They kicked in the door and took anything Apple related," said Manwell."They took my MacBook pro, they took my iPad, they took my Kindle Fire, and they took an MP3 player that's worthless to anybody but me."

All she cared about were the family pictures and videos she had saved on the MacBook and MP3 player, since those are memories that could never be replaced.

Manwell still can't believe how a phone call in the middle of the night from Ashley Harrison would at least help bring the MacBook back. All because Manwell's Apple ID was still there.

"We felt really good about it," said Harrison. " I was really happy we were able to give it back to her, because she was happy."

Ashley Harrison and her husband James say they just wanted to set a good example for their kids.

"Because we haven't always been good people, and we want to be good people," Ashley Harrison said.

The Harrisons say a search of the computer and the white pages helped them track down Diona. And the two met at a local Wal-Mart.

"I told her kids that their mommy was my angel," Manwell said.

That's because Manwell had a step daughter named Ashley, who died of cancer at age 16.

"And we've always said that we have a little angel watching over us," said Manwell. "So when Ashley (Harrison) introduced herself to me, I thought this is Ashley, just kind of working through Ashley."

Now these two moms have an amazing bond, all because Harrison chose to do the right thing.

"I know financially they are struggling," said Manwell. "She works two jobs right now so for her to give this back to me was just absolutely amazing."

Manwell says ultimately she would like to see Harrison somehow get a MacBook Pro donated to her for her kids, since that is the reason she got it in the first place. Here's to seeing if there are any other good samaritans out there who are willing to step in and make that happen.

Detectives here in Oklahoma City are still working on this burglary case.

They have already arrested one person, and are looking for at least one other.