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Tupelo blanket stolen in Pittsburgh; mother and daughter recall scare

A Tupelo native shipped a handmade baby blanket to her daughter in Pittsburgh, only to have the package stolen off her daughter's front porch in Pittsburgh.

Posted: Jul. 19, 2018 5:14 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A Tupelo native shipped a handmade baby blanket to her daughter in Pittsburgh, only to have the package stolen off her daughter's front porch in Pittsburgh.

And the crime was all caught on camera. 

Chelsea Cernigliaro saw the video and was shocked to see someone steal such a precious package off her doorstep. 

"It was something that was irreplaceable," she told WTVA.  

The item was a quilt, handmade and stitched together out of her old baby blankets. It was meant for her new baby daughter, expected to be born in September. 

The quilt's maker, Julie West, says the item was irreplaceable 

Cernigliaro says she went looking for the thief and found him. 

"The guy just walked right in front of men. He had the exact same outfit on," she told WTVA. 

She took a photo of the man and posted it to her Facebook page, asking for help identifying the man. Neighbors in the community saw the post and wanted to help. 

One good Samaritan says it was "a mission for me." The man says he confronted the suspected thief and first demanded the quilt. 

The man eventually paid the suspected thief his own money to get the blanket back. 

The blanket was returned to Cernigliaro 

There is no word if any arrest was made in the case. 

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