A police officer in Western Australia has used his investigative skills to play Santa’s helper and find the intended recipient of a lost Christmas present found on the side of the road.
A wrapped Christmas parcel was handed into Roebourne Police Station on Tuesday and Senior Constable Jeremy Dickenson set about solving the case.
“A nice gentlemen handed in a present which he found on the highway,” Senior Constable Dickenson said.
“It was all wrapped up and had a first name on it and then it just had ‘from uncle’, so we didn’t have a great deal to go on.”
But Senior Constable Dickenson remembered a young boy with the same name had received a police road safety award earlier in the year and the investigation took off from there.
“I hunted through a heap of the old archive records and found this kid’s surname and through a bit of searching around got an address,” he said.
The officer made sure the gift was not lost in transit for a second time, personally delivering it to the six-year-old boy. “He was just absolutely rapt,” he said.
“I think he knew, his uncle must have said something to him, he knew he had a present missing.
“So as soon as we turned up with his big present he was all grins, he was just very happy.
“Santa needs a help, there are a lot of presents out there.”
Senior Constable Dickenson thanked the man, known only as “Mr Miles from KTA”, for handing the gift in to police.
“He obviously went to the effort of stopping his car, picking it up off the road and bringing it into the police station,” he said. “Without that, this kid wouldn’t have gotten his present.”