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Video: Child's pedal tractor and family heirloom stolen

  • Atticus Miller plays with his toy pedal tractor
  • The Millers talk to WZZM 13
  • Atticus Miller and his mom Anne Miller
    

TRUFANT, Mich. (WZZM) -- There is a happy update to a 13 On Your Side investigation. Last week we told you about a Montcalm County family whose antique pedal tractor was stolen from their garage. The family heirloom was enjoyed by four generations before it disappeared.

Anne Miller had spent hours making large posters showing the missing toy tractor. Ken Miller had talked to many area residents and police. Their son 4-year-old Atticus wondered where his tractor had gone. They contacted WZZM 13 On Your Side for help.

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On August 30, Ken Miller pleaded for the family heirloom's return and he even offered an award. The story took off on Facebook with hundreds of likes and shares.

Then something wonderful happened: "The lady opened the back door and Atticus said 'Wow that's my tractor!'" explains Miller.

A woman called the Millers and said she saw the tractor for sale on Facebook and purchased it for $100. She then dropped it off just as Atticus was getting home from school.

"She wouldn't receive a reward and decided to return it to me. She had lived five miles away, so after all of our looking it was only five miles away," explains Miller.

Atticus was happy, and Ken Miller was grateful. "We would like to thank everyone that helped anybody who shared it on Facebook, anyone in the Trufant community and surrounding areas, also Channel 13 was a big addition to our success and I appreciate it very much."

The Millers are still not sure who took the tractor but police are following up on leads.

Now that the tractor has returned, Ken Miller will continue the tradition that started 85 years ago and pass the tractor to his son Atticus who will hopefully pass it on to his son.

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