Shelley Burke isn't feeling any love for the thief or thieves who crashed a vehicle through her garage door and broke into her home on Valentine's Day.
The Chilliwack woman left her Vedder Mountain Road home at 2 p.m. to pick up her three daughters from school; by the time she got back an hour later, there was a big hole in her garage and tire tracks on the gravel in front of her house.
"We're just all traumatized," said Burke. "You feel so violated. The police feel they most likely were watching us, so they knew my pattern of leaving every day at two o'clock and coming home at three o'clock. It feels horrible."
The culprit or culprits made off with a number of valuables, including jewelry Burke got from her late mother and birthday money one of her daughters had just collected for her birthday.
Most heartbreaking of all for Burke, however, is the loss of a case of digital camera cards and an external hard drive on which thousands of precious family photos, covering about nine years of her family's life, were stored.
"I know this is a long shot, but I would like to try whatever I can to get them back," said Burke. "I'd rather have my photos than the jewelry."
There were three other break-ins in Chilliwack on Valentines Day, according to local RCMP, but none of the others involved a vehicle smashing through a garage door.
Burke is pleading with anyone who might find the camera cards (stored in a small black case with the word Kodak on it) or the hard drive (a black My Passport drive from Staples) to contact her at email@example.com or turn them in to the RCMP detachment.
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