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Springfield Police: 'We don't like to see disadvantaged people be taken advantage of'

The Springfield Police Department replaced Justin Harford's stolen headphones on Saturday, March 19, 2017. Photo courtesy Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The Springfield Police Department used its CHETT fund to replace a blind man’s headphones Saturday.

Police say Justin Harford became a theft victim on March 5. Harford was carrying valuable Bose over the ear acoustic headphones on an LTD bus. The headphones caught Michael Jellison’s attention, according to police.

Harford uses a cane as a mobility tool, making his disability obvious.

Police say Jellison followed Harford when he got off the bus at 58th and G Street in Springfield. They say Jellison eventually stopped Harford and asked to look at his headphones.

Police say Harford handed the stranger his headphones and Jellison walked away with them.

After realizing Springfield Police were looking for him, officials say Jellison turned himself in to the Springfield Justice Center.

Jellison was lodged at the Springfield Jail for Theft II. He may also receive a citation for failing to register as a sex offender.

“We're human just like everybody else. These stories pull on our heart strings. Certainly the stories involving disabled folks, children. We're just like anybody else; we don't like to see disadvantaged people be taken advantage of,” said Sgt. Jeff Martin from the Springfield Police Department.

Police say Jellison didn’t have the headphones in his possession when he was arrested, so Springfield Police officers used money from the CHETT Program to purchase replacement headphones for Harford.

The CHETT Program is made up of funds donated by the Springfield Community. Police use the money to help crime victims.

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