A week after his iPad was stolen on the MAX, 62-year-old Gary Meierotto was surprised with a new one, thanks to generous donations from the community.
The Portland Nerdfighters and Portland Singing Christmas Tree surprised Meierotto with a brand new iPad at the Mac Store in Beaverton on Friday afternoon.
"This is like a miracle, I'm telling you," said Meierotto. "Like a miracle."
The groups spent the past week collecting donations from the community to purchase the new device.
"We just wanted to make sure he had the very best iPad," said Willy Dolan with the Portland Singing Christmas Tree. "It's already loaded with everything he needs to communicate with friends and family. We also got him a nice case so he can hold onto it so nobody can take it from him."
Last Friday, Meierotto was on an eastbound MAX train in southeast Portland when two men began being aggressive toward him.
When the train came to a stop at the 102nd Avenue transit station, one of the suspects grabbed the iPad right out of Meierotto's hands and ran off the train, heading south on 102nd Avenue.
The second suspect, who was on his BMX bike inside the train, also hopped off the train and started riding his bike south.
"I want my iPad back," Meierotto told FOX 12, a day after the robbery. "I want it back. There's no reason to steal my iPad."
Police are still searching for the suspects and have not recovered his stolen iPad, but now that he has a new one he can once again communicate with family and friends out of town.
"For the Portland Singing Christmas Tree, he's a gentleman who comes to our shows every year and he's our biggest supporter in terms of enthusiasm and love," said Dolan. "He's an amazing man."
Meierotto's new iPad is loaded with security features including tracking software and password protection.
Anyone with information on the identities or whereabouts of the two men who stole the iPad is asked to email email@example.com.
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