POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) - A family in Poway is hopeful someone will do the right thing and return a stolen jacket.
Dawn Cox says she was wearing her jacket to the Poway Irish Pub when someone took it.
"I sat my jacket down for a second to grab something," she says. "I could see it out of the corner of my eye, and I turned around for a second, and it was gone."
The jacket has tremendous sentimental value for Cox and her family. It's covered in patches from her nephew Ryan.
"He was more like a son than a nephew to me," she says.
Ryan died on December 23, 2018. He was hit by a car while walking on State Route 67. The coroner and medical examiner saved some of the patches he had on his jacket and gave them to his family.
Cox used those patches to re-create his jacket, which became her best reminder of the nephew she lost.
"To anyone else, it's just a cool jacket," she says. "To me, it's the last thing I have left of my nephew. I can't replace that."
A facebook post about the jacket has since gone viral, with thousands of people commenting and sharing. But no one has come forward to return the coat.
"I just want it back," says Cox. "Just return it to Poway Irish Pub. No questions asked."