RCMP say they will not ask questions — as long as some stolen items are returned safely.
Dwayne Paterson had two laptops and some hard drives stolen from a pickup truck parked outside a Vernon home in the 3900 block of 14th Street August 8.
“There was no damage to the vehicle, but taken was a grey laptop bag containing a silver 17″ HP touchscreen laptop, a black 13″ Toshiba laptop and two external hard drives, one with 2 terabytes of storage, the other with 4 terabytes, both of unknown makes,” says Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
Paterson is hopeful in getting the stolen goods back, as they are the last pictures the family has of their son 26 year old son Patrick, who died of cancer two years ago.
“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,” says Moskaluk.
Anyone wishing to return the items or who may have more information is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or via Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
“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 favorite 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,” stated Dwayne Paterson.
“Sadly the pictures of his last months, up to the last days of his life spent in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy, dialysis and surgeries are on the stolen hard drives and laptops. All this 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,” added Mr. Paterson.