Michigan-based company replaces stolen kayak

By: 
Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

Photo by Linda Gallagher

Theresa Palka, of Bellaire, is pictured with her new 10-foot Sun Dolphin Aruba kayak, which was delivered to her free of charge last Friday morning by KL Outdoor of Muskegon, after a customer service representative for the company saw her mother’s post on Facebook about the theft of her daughter’s Sun Dolphin kayak, which was stolen on June 20, Palka’s 25th birthday.

BELLAIRE – It was mid-morning on June 20, Theresa Palka’s 25th birthday, when she looked out the window of her Fourth Street home in downtown Bellaire and realized that her kayak was no longer in the backyard.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “My boyfriend Eric Shumaker bought me that kayak, a Sun Dolphin Aruba, for my 24th birthday, and exactly one year later, somebody steals it – from my backyard.”

Heartbroken, the Meadow Brook nurse filed a police report, but nothing has been heard since then about the 10-foot kayak she had only used three or four times.

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