File # 2017-18207
Wed Aug 16 13:40:00 PDT 2017

A family victimized in a theft from vehicle at the beginning of August, is making a plea for the return of stolen computers and hard drives which contained photos of their deceased son.

On Tuesday August 8, 2017, the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP investigated a theft from vehicle which occurred a week prior in the 3900 block of 14th St, Vernon, BC. The vehicle broken into while parked alongside this street, was a black 2010 GMC Sierra pick-up truck with Alberta plate YKV 627.

There was no damage to the vehicle and was possibly accidentally left unlocked. Taken was a grey laptop bag containing a silver 17" HP touchscreen laptop, a black 13" Toshiba laptop and two external hard drives, one with 2 terabytes of storage, the other with 4 terabytes, both of unknown makes. The Petersons are not fretting about the monetary loss, however are heartbroken do to the fact that the items stored pictures of Dwayne Peterson’s deceased 26 yr old son, Patrick Peterson.

Patrick Petersen died of cancer on August 29th, 2015. Dwayne Petersen is hopeful in getting the stolen goods back, as they are all that he has left to remember his son Patrick’s last months’ alive, in picture form. 

photo of Patrick Peterson

Patrick would not want to have anybody sad or down about what was to ultimately take his life, he began a bucket list and he tried to achieve all he could before no longer being abler to leave the hospital. Patrick was able to marry his girlfriend and was able to travel with me to see his lifelong favorite football team the Denver Broncos play and saw his favourite player Payton Manning. This would be the last time Patrick and I shared father and son time together away from home, stated Dwayne Petersen.

photo of Patrick Peterson wearing Denver Broncos helmet

Sadly the pictures of his last months, up to the last days of his life spent in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy, dialysis and surgeries are on the  stolen hard drives and laptops. All this has opened up wounds that will never really heal and left us feeling the pain all over again. I am simply making a plea to all, to anyone who may know or hear anything or know about the computers and hard drives. I beg that they please return what little a father has left other than a broken heart, added Mr Petersen.

It is one of those cases where the return of these items are all we hope to achieve with a no questions asked attitude should someone want to come forward and return these items to police, stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk

Anyone wishing to return these items or who may have information about how we can retrieve them are asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171 or via Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Released by

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
South East District
1168 Main Street, Penticton B.C. V2A-5E8
Office: 250-770-4754
Cell: 250-863-7433
Fax: 250-492-4851


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