MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) - A holiday tradition was stolen in Mesa. Someone took a Christmas "kiddie" train on Black Friday.

"It's a fun Christmas thing," said Amie Stansberry with Arizona Inflatable Events. She said they use the trackless train for birthday and holiday parties. Stansberry says she has had to cancel events with the train after it was taken.

[VIDEO: Do you know where this Mesa kiddie train is?]

"It is a little rough because people spend a lot of time planning these events, some of them are charity events where these are underprivileged kids getting presents, things like that," Stansberry said. This time of year, they have gigs every weekend. But after working one this weekend, they came back to find the train was gone.

"On Friday, about 3 p.m., a white pick-up truck pulled up, backed up to it, pulled up and drove away," Stansberry said.

She shared an image from video surveillance showing a white truck pull up at about 2:30 p.m..

"The trailer's 22 feet long, not something you can hide easily," Stansberry said. "It has the engine plus the cars, you can see it as it's driving down the road. It's red and black."

Stansberry said there's no way someone took this by mistake. "He didn't accidentally come upon this," Stansberry said. "He knew what he was coming for and he was ready to take it when he got here." 

If you know anything, call Mesa Police. Stansberry said she is offering a $500 reward for it's return. 

Award-winning journalist Lindsey Reiser is a regular contributor in the evenings on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


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