Kamloops Mounties are asking for the public’s help in recovering items with irreplaceable sentimental value that were stolen from of a truck about two weeks ago.
A poem from a family’s late son, a silver medal of honour and four silver bracelets were among the items stolen from a truck in the 700-block of the residential Arbutus Street in the city’s West End.
The items were taken sometime between July 27 and 29, having been placed in the vehicle within a bin intended to hold valuables in the event of an evacuation order from this season’s ongoing wildfires around Kamloops.
“What makes this situation even more heartbreaking is that the items were placed in the vehicle as part of an emergency evacuation plan so that the owner could protect them should a fire cause them to leave in a hurry,” Const. Crystal Evelyn.
“Whoever stole the items needs to realize their monetary worth is nothing in comparison to their sentimental value. Please look deep into yourself and return them.”
A shiny, black wooden box with a golden “J” on the front, as well as a blue box containing other items associated with the family’s late son, were returned to the detachment recently and reunited with their owner.
The missing silver medal of honour is from Thompson Rivers University and features a female recipient’s name, the silver bracelets were to be presented to four granddaughters during a special reunion and the late son’s poem is typed on an 8-inch-by-11-piece of white paper, Evelyn said.
Anyone, including a business, presented with any of these items is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-800361.