Kicker: A stolen sidewalk


NICK EICHER, HOST: Police officers are a world-weary group. They’ve seen it all.

But for police in Richmond, Virginia, here’s an odd one—a stolen-property report that has to be a first.

A woman phoned in to report that someone had stolen her sidewalk.

Her sidewalk was there when she went to work in the morning, and gone when she came back.

Gina Coutlakis pulled up in front of her house and noticed a few orange cones around the walkway to her backyard. As she got closer, she saw nothing but a dirt path where her sidewalk once was.

COUTLAKIS: I’m not sure who did it, why they did it. I didn’t authorize it.

She was hoping that whoever ripped it up would return. But after a few days she filed a police report.

In an interview with WRIC TV, Coutlakis had a message for the mysterious sidewalk bandit:

COUTLAKIS: I’d like for you, whoever you were, whatever company or body, whatever you are, to please come back and correct the situation.

The company responsible saw the news report and touched base with Coutlakis. It turns out they simply had the wrong address and ripped her sidewalk up by mistake. They quickly returned to pour new concrete along the walkway.

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(Photo/Nick Conigliaro, Twitter)

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