8-year-old Jenna Corso of Hillsboro, Oregon lost her Columbia Sportswear coat on the playground at her school in January.
As a parent, I know how annoying that is. I have one kid who is absolutely meticulous in taking care of his stuff, and another who would forget his butt if it wasn't screwed onto his hips.
Over the years he's lost glasses, coats, shirts, hiking boots, sleeping bags, coolers, expensive running shoes, backpacks, gloves, school football equipment, hats, 2 mp3 players, entire CD collections, schoolbooks, DVDs, cell phones, and even his pants.
Not EVEN going to delve into the lost pants---thank GOD he was 19 at the time.
Some of these items have been recovered. But not the expensive ones, naturally.
Replacement costs really add up. And it's hard if you're on a budget.
With an eye to the financial aspect, Jenna's mom went to eBay (auction can still be found at this link) to try to find a similar replacement at a lower price than retail, and was happy to find the exact coat, which was described as "hardly worn and in great shape. Super warm!!"
She then noticed that the auction started the day after her daughter lost her coat at school, and that the seller was from her hometown. She did a little sleuthing and then asked authorities to check it out.
The seller was Elizabeth Logan, her daughter's first grade teacher.
Logan has been arrested for theft by receiving and computer crime.
I just don't have any words beyond WTF?