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Someone is accused of stealing a 4th grader’s science project

FORT MYERS

Someone got caught on camera a 4th grader’s science project. That project is due this week, and now the family is rushing to recreate it.

That student has a request to the person he says stole the project they worked so hard on – bring it back.

Gabriel Tharp is a 4th grader and he worries that if his family can’t rebuild the solar furnace by Tuesday, his only chance to participate in the science fair will be dashed.

Search is enabled for the woman in the video above. On Sunday afternoon, you can see her getting out of her car and picking up what’s called a homemade solar oven that’s been left at the end of the driveway.

The family is experimenting with his 4th grade science fair project, and to do so, the solar oven needs to be in a place with direct sunlight.

Melissa Tharp is the mother of Gabriel, the boy who is working on the project. “I was a bit surprised. At first, I really didn’t think about putting it that close to the road. I didn’t think about it because it was just a Sunday family moment,” Tharp said.

Tharp’s family recorded every work he did on his science fair project. After placing the solar oven in the sun, they went inside. They want a phone to record what happens next.

And, even though it was less than two minutes away, that was enough time for the woman to steal the oven complete with a cupcake inside.

“I actually thought for a moment that maybe the wind blew it away, so I was a bit confused to see that it was completely gone and didn’t move at all,” Tharp said.

So this mother went inside to check her security camera and saw the woman taking the cake.

“Our hope is that it was an innocent mistake. It can easily be mistaken for a trash can. We just want to hope that someone sees this and returns it,” said Thharpe.

“It was very cool. If we could have filed it, it would probably have taken first place. Because I got first last year in third grade, and it was really tough,” Gabriel said.

Tharp’s family said they had been driving around the neighborhood hoping to spot the car the woman was driving, but had so far had no luck.

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