Deputy makes special delivery after thief steals 4-year-old’s favorite dolls

Deputy makes special delivery after thief steals 4-year-old’s favorite dolls
Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Gilham surprised Jade, 4, with a dollhouse, after a thief stole her dolls in January. (WSBTV.com/WSBTV.com)

POLK COUNTY, Ga. — A compassionate deputy came to the rescue after a thief stole a young girl’s dollhouse.

The girl does not have the stolen items back, but she did get a special delivery.

Jade Johnson, 4, is full of life and loves her LOL dolls.

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In January, a thief stole her toys.

Her mother, Chandra Johnson, was devastated.

It happened on the same day they attended a loved one’s funeral.

“We were at a funeral home, at a wake,” Johnson said. “I looked across the room and i said, ‘She’s talking to the police.’”

The “police” was actually Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Gilham.

“She told me someone had just stolen all of her LOL dolls and if I could find them, if I would bring them back to her,” Gilham said.

Gilham told WSB-TV it weighed on him for days.

“You know, when I looked at her, I saw my kids,” Gilham said.

The deputy bought a LOL dollhouse set and a carload of other toys.

About a week later, he surprised Jade at her grandmother’s house.

“It’s like a kid on Christmas morning, you just got to stand back, take pictures and hope you get a few good ones."

They did get a few good pictures and warmed the mother’s heart.

“That just showed the goodness and what kind of person he is,” Johnson said.

A deputy, husband and father, and to Jade: a hero.

Gilham paid for the toys himself because he says it was the right thing to do.

For his good deed, the sheriff nominated Gilham for a big award: Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in Polk County.