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 Porch pirate steals 14-year-old boy's chemotherapy medication

Porch pirate steals 14-year-old boy's chemotherapy medication

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LAS VEGAS (CIRCA via KSNV) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect who swiped two packages from a porch on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Stacy Shavinsky, the homeowner, says the packages contained her 14-year-old son’s chemotherapy medication.

The Shavinsky’s house is on the 1700 block of Mill Canyon Drive, near Rampart Boulevard and Vegas Drive, and Stacy just can’t understand why anyone would do this to her son, whose name is Gage and is suffering from a form of cancer that attacks his organs.

“I was very furious. I work two jobs to be able to afford his medical bills, and I go to school at night to be able to move up, and this person just walks up and takes something out of my yard that I worked two jobs for, to get something for him, to help him.

LVMPD officer Larry Hadfield says that porch pirates don’t care what they take, and in this case, the thief had no use for it.

“They go after anything. They don't care what it is, and in this case, I'm sure the suspect ended up opening up this package and didn't know what he was looking at, and it probably ended up in a trash can somewhere,” Hadfield said.

Shavinsky reported that Thursday afternoon, a notification came from a doorbell chime on the Ring Video Doorbell app, and she saw the suspect take two packages from the doorstep.

The packages were delivered just five minutes before the thief stole them, so she thinks the suspect followed the delivery truck.

Shavinsky says the theft occurred at 1:10 p.m. and that this was only the latest incident in her neighborhood.

“The other night at midnight, somebody tried opening my screen door, but thank God my doors were locked and I have overhead cameras,” Shavinsky explained.

The suspect who stole the packages is described as a white male adult, between 20 and 30 years of age, 5’8” to 6’ tall with a medium build.

He was last seen wearing a red plaid shirt and a red baseball cap.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the suspect should call LVMPD at 702-828-8577 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

If you'd like to help with Gage's medical expenses, there's a GoFundMe page set up to accept donations.

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