Family reeling after thief targets trailer filled with 'priceless' items

Posted at 6:26 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 21:47:29-05

LAKESIDE, Calif. - A family grieving a sudden loss is now dealing with more heartache.

Nearly two weeks ago, Ryan Heath got the devastating news that his 62-year-old mother Lynn passed away in her sleep from diabetes-related heart failure in her Lakeside mobile home.

"She was so loving, kind and caring. Right now, I'm lost. It hasn't really sunken in yet," said Heath.

He drove his wife and two children from Oregon to Lakeside.

Heath, a Marine veteran, bought a $3,200 trailer and packed it with all of his mother's family photos. Also inside the trailer was antique furniture, including a dresser, that was cherished by his mother.

"I looked forward to using it, knowing it was my mom's. So many memories with all her furniture; reminds me of my childhood and her," said Heath.

However, days before Heath was set to head home, the trailer disappeared from a lot next to the Ridgecrest mobile home community.

"Like somebody kicked me in the junk. It's a sick feeling," said Heath.

Most of his mother's possessions are now gone, but the biggest hurt is the loss of those photos as most can't be replaced.

"It's just heartbreaking ? [I] can't describe it," said Heath.

For the thief, Heath has this message: "Just give me my stuff back. There's nothing in there that you could care about so much like I do."

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Lakeside sheriff's substation at 619-938-1360.