EDINBURGH, Ind. - An Indiana family is searching for precious family photos stolen when thieves broke into their truck during a shopping trip.
Naomi Davis and her family were in Edinburgh for the weekend, shopping at the Outlet Mall. They stopped to eat lunch at the Montana Mike's Restaurant. Sometime while they were eating, Davis said thieves broke into the family truck and stole a laptop and along with it, hundreds of family pictures that cannot be replaced.
“Every holiday, every birthday, every basketball game," said Davis. "My daughter’s wedding. All the photos are there. And there’s no way to retrieve those photos."
Oddly enough, this was the second time the family car had been hit in just seven weeks. On Labor Day weekend, the Davis family car was parked in the same lot and broken into in the same way. They picked the lock instead of breaking the window. That time, the crooks stole a GPS device left out in the open. However, Davis said, her laptop was in the trunk of the vehicle and hidden behind coolers.
The car also has tinted windows. Davis said no one should have been able to spot anything by simply walking by.
Edinburgh police believe the thieves are part of a larger organized group who know how to break into cars quickly, without a trace. With the holiday season around the corner, they're reminding shoppers to never bring valuables with them and if they must, leave their shopping bags in the truck where they aren't visible.
Davis said she's willing to forgive and forget; she is even offering a $100 reward for the return of her pictures.
"That's my life. That computer's my life," she said.
Anyone with information about the laptop should call the Edinburgh Police Department or the CBS4 Problem Solvers at (317) 687-6541.