NEWPORT BEACH — It was one of those little things that doesn't mean much to one person, but can mean a lot to someone else.
When Newport Beach Police Officer Dave Syvock casually offered his own giant planter to a resident who had hers destroyed by vandals, he didn't know how far she'd take it.
On top of just saying "thanks," she wrote a letter commending Syvock and sent it to the chief of police.
"It's his personal property; it's worth something," said Diana Walker, the Balboa Peninsula resident whose 200-pound terra cotta planter was destroyed June 18. "But he just offered and took care of the whole thing."
"It was like Christmas in June!" she exclaimed.
Walker has had a hectic few months. Her mother died recently and now the house on the peninsula is up for sale. On June 18, Walker got a call from her mother's neighbors saying someone had destroyed the planter that held her mom's three-foot cigar plant, which has red buds shaped like cigars at the ends.