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Posted on: August 16, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 3 Year Old Preston and the WPD Need Your Help

Prestons IPad

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE:

Although we have not located Preston's iPad, we have learned that Preston has a replacement iPad and is doing very well.

We want to thank the community for the outpouring of support in helping attempt to locate Preston's iPad. The department had been flooded with calls, emails, and messages over the last 24 hours from very kind citizens wanting to donate a new iPad for Preston. People have also literally shown up at our station with iPad's in hand ready to donate. We cannot thank everyone enough for this. The support has been amazing.

Preston's family is aware of this and also expresses their sincere appreciation and thanks.

The Wellesley Police Department needs your help in locating a very special iPad that was lost on Thursday, August 15 at 42 Washington Street.

Here's the original post:

At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday August 15th, 2019 a mother and her three-year-old son Preston, were in the rear parking lot of 42 Washington Street. Mom had placed the Preston’s iPad on the ground while she put him in the vehicle. Mom then accidentally left the iPad behind which she did not realize until she had returned home. 42 Washington Street is in the Lower Falls section of Wellesley, across from Glen Road.

Wellesley Police Officers checked the area extensively but the iPad was unfortunately gone. The family was unable to locate the iPad with the find my iPhone app because the device has been shut off.

This is no ordinary iPad, however, and that’s why we are asking for the public’s help in locating it.

This special iPad is how 3-year-old Preston communicates with his parents and the world around him.  Preston has autism, and is unable to communicate verbally.  Preston is able to use a special app called ‘GoTalk’ that enables…and empowers…him to be connected to his family in a much easier manner.

We are looking to find this special iPad and would like to see it returned to Preston.  No questions asked-we just want to find it and get it back to him.

The iPad is a 6th generation, black in color with a blue case and has “Preston” written on it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Travis Dixon TDixon@wellesleyma.gov or Officer Mike Pino MPino@wellesleyma.gov .  You can also call the station at 781-235-1212.

We need your help in finding this unique and special iPad for 3-year-old Preston. 

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