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Thief steals dying father's final promise to daughter

9:06 PM, Aug 14, 2013   |    comments
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ROOSEVELT PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lakeshore teenager is walking to and from her part-time job because someone stole her transportation.

It's already a sad story but when you hear the details behind the bright bubble gum pink moped, you'll understand why 13 On Your Side is doing what we can to help the teenager.

Carolyn Holtz' father, Michael passed away from kidney disease at 68 years old. His disease, which be battled since the age of 12, put Carolyn behind in school.

"I ended up taking care of him and doing school at the same time," says Carolyn.

Shortly before his death the father and daughter struck a deal: if she finished her G.E.D. he'd leave just enough money to buy her transportation so she could get to college and her job.

Carolyn picked this bubble gum pink Tao Tao moped; bright and unique as to elicit conversation.

"It has such a strong meaning-- I wanted it to stand out, I wanted people to ask me about it."

But the only place she sees it today is a framed photo and on her Facebook page. The quick decision to leave the moped unlocked last month in front of her Roosevlet Park apartment on Maplegrove Road leaves the 19-year old walking to and from her third-shift job.

She says her last hope is that a WZZM 13 viewer spots the moped and calls police. "Just please keep me in mind. Look for my moped. I am walking and I shouldn't be right now. I should have my moped."

The return of the moped will mean more than just a quicker way to get from point A to point B.

"I want to find it because it has sentimental value than cash value. That hurts the most because I know my dad wanted me to have it, and I got it. Then somebody took it. And it was mine," says Carolyn.

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