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Key West community responds when boy, 12, robbed of his birthday present longboard

Key West Police Officer Frank Betz helped arrange the delivery of a new longboard to Enzo Slosar, 12, from Scott Thornton after the boy was robbed June 25.
Key West Police Officer Frank Betz helped arrange the delivery of a new longboard to Enzo Slosar, 12, from Scott Thornton after the boy was robbed June 25.

Enzo Slosar was crushed when his 12th birthday present, a Krown longboard painted Rastafarian colors with a lion head design and white wheels, was snatched away over the weekend in Key West by an unidentified robber.

It was the longboard he had waited six months to buy with his birthday money, swiped right out from under him as he took it out for the first time June 25, the day before his birthday.

While waiting for a table at Charlie Mac’s, 404 Southard St., Enzo wanted to test drive his new $120 birthday board and his mom said OK, according to a Key West police report.

But while he was riding, Enzo was suddenly shoved from behind and knocked to the ground by someone who took off on it, riding south on Whitehead Street, police said. Enzo, who wasn’t injured, couldn’t describe the culprit to police, who responded to Charlie Mac’s at 3:24 p.m. Saturday.

“It was a blur,” his mother Iveta Slosar said Tuesday. “He was a little shook up, he was a little scared.”

In Key West, where reported robberies are rare, this crime — of an 11-year-old boy trying out his new board on a historic district sidewalk —inspired locals to band together and make it right. They put the word out on a Facebook page while Scott Thornton decided after seeing it to buy the boy a new Krown board.

Enzo returned to Key West on his birthday, June 26, and picked out a new longboard from a local surf shop.

The family had only moved to the Florida Keys from North Carolina six months ago. They live on Cudjoe Key and drove to Key West for the longboard.

Enzo told his mom the robbery changed his opinion of Key West. But the generosity of Thornton and others on the island changed it again, on his birthday.

“He said, you keep telling me I’m lucky to live here,” his mother said. “Now I know what you mean.”

Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen on Twitter

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