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Family makes plea for return of cherished photos stolen in Vernon theft

Patrick Peterson died in 2015 at the age of 26.
Image Credit: RCMP handout
August 16, 2017 - 7:07 AM

VERNON - A grieving family is begging for the return of some precious possessions.

A few weeks ago, a number of electronics including two laptops and external hard drives were stolen from a vehicle parked on 14 Street in Vernon, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a media release.

It’s not the electronics the family is fretting about; it’s the photos on them.

Patrick Peterson, 26, died of cancer on Aug. 29, 2015. His father Dwayne says the last few months of his life are documented in the photos that were taken.

“Patrick would not want to have anybody sad or down about what was to ultimately take his life, he began a bucket list and he tried to achieve all he could before no longer being abler to leave the hospital. Patrick was able to marry his girlfriend and was able to travel with me to see his lifelong favourite football team the Denver Broncos play and saw his favourite player Payton Manning. This would be the last time Patrick and I shared father and son time together away from home,” Dwayne says.

Image Credit: RCMP handout

He says the theft has “opened up wounds that will never really heal and left us feeling the pain all over again.”

“I am simply making a plea to all, to anyone who may know or hear anything or know about the computers and hard drives. I beg that they please return what little a father has left other than a broken heart,” Dwayne said.

Police are asking anyone wishing to return the items, or who has  information on how to retrieve them, to call the Vernon detachment.

“It is one of those cases where the return of these items are all we hope to achieve with a no questions asked attitude should someone want to come forward and return these items to police,” Moskaluk says.

You can contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or anonymously via Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The items stolen include a grey laptop bag containing a silver 17" HP touchscreen laptop, a black 13" Toshiba laptop and two external hard drives, one with two terabytes of storage, the other with four terabytes, both of unknown makes. Police were informed of the theft on Aug. 8, 2017, and say the incident occurred a week prior in the 3900 block of 14t Street.The vehicle broken into was a black 2010 GMC Sierra pick-up truck with Alberta plate YKV 627.

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