Deputy returns lost camera to Kuna photographer

KUNA, ID - A Kuna man says he received his Christmas gift a little early this year, but not by way of Santa coming down the chimney. Instead, the delivery came from an Ada County Sheriffs Deputy, right to his front door.

Like most people, Ronnie Soldano takes photos every day; but as the owner of Synchrnyze Photography in Kuna, he relies on his camera more than most.

Soldano says after only a few hours of sleep and in the midst of packing for the shoot, he accidentally left his camera on top of his truck.

“We drove to the destination where we were going to shoot at, and I noticed my camera was not with me,” Soldano said. “I started to panic.”

He figures the camera fell off his vehicle somewhere between Kuna and Swan Falls Dam. 

“I literally felt, just, devastated,” Soldano said. “So I drove to the police department and I reported that I had lost it.”

A little more than 24 hours later…Soldano heard a knock at the door.

It was Deputy Jacob Mulkey from the Ada County Sheriffs Office, holding a camera.

“I look at him and I say, ‘That’s not my camera. That’s somebody else’s camera and they’re probably going to want it back,’” Soldano said. “And he looks at me and gets this big grin on his face and says, ‘I’ve got your camera in the cruiser. I already know what it looks like.”

A Good Samaritan by the name of Rich had taken the lost camera to the police department. 

And that, Ronnie says, is his Christmas miracle.

“Thank you…God bless you, man. I can’t say it any other way,” Soldano said. “But to Officer Mulkey, I love your sense of humor. Christmas, man…this guy is Mr. Christmas to me.”

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