A quick deliberation by some pro wrestlers resulted in one of them getting his purse back and the thief being arrested. But that’s just one part of the story. What happened all along is a story.
According to PWInsider, after landing in Tampa from a series of NWA-TV tapings, pro wrestler Natalia Markova discovered her purse was missing. After her purse was not found and confirmed by flight crew that she had not left it on the plane, it was assumed that someone had stolen her purse.
Fellow wrestler Brian “Mercurio” Idle came up with the idea of asking Markova if she had anything in her purse that could be used to track her. Markova’s Apple AirPods were in her purse, so she used the “Find My” app on her iPhone and discovered that the person in possession of the AirPods was on his way to Walmart in Pinellas Park, Fla., about a 40-minute drive from where she was away.
When they got to Walmart, Markova received a scam alert that someone was trying to buy a $700 TV with her credit card at the same Walmart, so they were on target. They went to the checkout and recognized a man who was on their flight with a big TV screen in their car. The two confronted the man, who ran off and left Markova’s credit card at the register. Murthy followed the thief and grabbed him.
Local police received a call about a brawl at Walmart, but when they got there it was immediately discovered that the two wrestlers were stopping a thief and he was arrested. The man admitted he had returned the purse to the American Airlines information desk, but took $600, a credit card and AirPods from the purse before appearing as a Good Samaritan. Markova promised that if he withdrew everything, she would not press charges.
According to the police report, the man “apologized for stealing money and cards and knew it was wrong”. He was released from custody and did not have an active warrant after Markova denied the allegations to the press.
As a thank you, Markova set up GoFundMe to raise money for Idol on her birthday and to fix an old van near her. And to allay any fears that this could possibly be a scam by someone impersonating Markova, Markova posted via GoFundMe on your Twitter account While the campaign was shared by the official nwa twitter account,
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