Thief steals memories from family

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Cars are broken into everyday but this time the crime affects the victims on more than a financial level. In less than five minutes, a crook did a smash-and-grab at a local shopping center.

But they didn’t know they took away something that can’t be replaced.

Brandy Crawford ran into work Thursday night to check her schedule, five minutes later when she came back to her car where she was met with shattered glass.

“Well I saw the glass and I thought, well I didn’t see any glass when I pulled in here. Then my daughter was like, ‘Oh, mom your purse is gone,'” Crawford said.

She is not concerned about her stolen Coach purse, cash, credit cards, jewelry or other material items.

She’s heartbroken about the stolen memories.

Her 3-year-old son, Zane, was born with a heart that needed repair.

On a memory stick inside her purse were pictures of his three-year journey of healing.

Crawford says, “We captured the first moments of him being born, his first breath on his own, and his first feeding with a bottle, and the first time my husband and I got to hold him.”

She also captured those precious moments after the 14-hour surgery that saved his life.

As a Christian, Crawford forgives the person who broke into her car; all she wants back are her memories captured on film.

“It doesn’t matter that I had to replace my window. It doesn’t matter that I have to go and buy a new purse, what matters is that USB stick,” she said.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call police.

If you find the memory stick, you can mail here to KFOR-TV, no questions asked.

444 E. Britton Rd.
Oklahoma City, O.K. 73114

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