A mom and her children visiting Philadelphia experienced a moment of panic Thursday, when a SEPTA rider snatched her purse containing her family's passports. But with the help of SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III, that family can rest easy.
Ximena Estrada, 35, and her 14-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter have been visiting family since June. The three had taken the Route 58 bus through the Northeast Thursday, but when Estrada got off, she said she realized she had left her backpack on the bus, which contained her kids' passports, 6ABC reported.
"On Thursday, my trip turned into a nightmare and I was so sad," the Colombia native told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "But when I got that phone call, it was like, wow. I felt so grateful, so grateful."
On Saturday morning, Nestel announced that police would offer amnesty if the thief came forward with the stolen property by 5 p.m. Monday, explaining that the family is due to return home to Pereira, Colombia, Tuesday.