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CRIME TRACKERS: Local businessman replaces iPad stolen from elderly man

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ORO VALLEY - The case of a stolen iPad from a vulnerable senior citizen comes full circle.

During the holidays, a Marana man bought an iPad and was learning how to use it. A stranger stepped in to help him but ended up stealing it. 

A News 4 Tucson viewer saw the story and was outraged.

So he stepped up and donated an iPad.

Aaron Johnson owns a production company and is not only giving John Ontiveros an iPad, he's helping him set it up and teaching him how to use it.

It’s an experience that's a "reset" after what happened to the 83-year-old grandfather at an Oro Valley restaurant just before the holidays.

There’s a video of the man who befriended Ontiveros at the restaurant saying he worked for Verizon and was here from Phoenix to teach some classes.  The video shows him talking to Ontiveros, he then leaves with the iPad saying he had to hook it up to a satellite.

Ontiveros told News 4 Tucson, “I’m not that familiar with the iPad so he went outside, and I waited and waited and waited and he never came back in.”

He walked out with the iPad, and Oro Valley Police are still looking for him.

Also frustrating, Ontiveros purchased insurance on the iPad just in case anything happened.

The company wrote him a letter and refused to give him a new one saying he hadn't utilized the iPad long enough. 

Ontiveros said, “I appreciate what Aaron is doing and my heart goes out to him. 

For Aaron Johnson, he said it was the right thing to do.

“He does remind me a lot of my father-in-law who we spend a lot of time helping out technically. It's a little harder because he's in Australia.”

However, even more important, Ontiveros like his father-in-law can connect with the family especially the grandchildren through Facebook, Facetime, and Gmail.

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