Jo Dixon heard a loud crash and squealing tires outside of her Sterling Estates home on Vernon’s East Hill Monday night.
It was 8:30 p.m. and her husband, Paul, was out for a bike ride and the children were asleep.
Jo Dixon took a look outside and saw what made the loud crash: the 250-pound, black and blue skateboard ramp her grandfather made for the family which had been stolen from the home April 19.
“The ramp was sitting in the driveway,” said Paul Dixon Tuesday.
“She sent me a text. I pulled over to see the picture. I was pretty shocked and excited, and when I got home and saw it in the driveway, I was like, “Yes.’”
It was returned to the Dixons covered in mud and with a little chip out of it, likely from when it hit the pavement after being dumped out of a vehicle upon its return.
The ramp had been stolen from the Dixons’ home sometime overnight Easter Saturday.
It had been there when everyone went to bed, and when the family left to go to church Easter Sunday, it was then that the ramp was discovered missing.
Friends of the Dixons circulated news of the theft on social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, and The Morning Star did a story on the theft in its April 25 issue.
The Dixons’ seven-year-old son, and primary ramp user, Jericho, had made hand-drawn posters in ballpoint pen and stuck the posters on poles around the neighbourhood asking for information on the theft.
“Thanks to our wonderful community, who cared enough to spread the word, his ramp was returned Monday night,” wrote Jo Dixon in an e-mail to The Morning Star. “We really appreciated the effort.”
Jericho was informed of the ramp’s return when he woke up Tuesday morning.
“He was absolutely ecstatic,” said Paul Dixon. “When he woke up we told him to look outside, and he started jumping up and down with excitement. He came outside with me at 7 a.m. to wash the mud off with a garden hose.”
Having the stolen skateboard ramp returned has renewed Paul Dixon’s faith in humanity.
“People were sharing it on social media, there was the story in the newspaper and I was interviewed by CBC Radio Friday morning,” he said.
“It’s so cool to see how people really do care. I’ve always that people aren’t mean and nasty, they’re inherently good and want to help people out. This is a great story that proves it’s true. It’s a cool lesson for my kids, too.”