Camillus (WSYR-TV) - Many families keep a camera handy during the holidays to capture special moments.
Jennifer Cole remembers grabbing her camera late Saturday night as she headed out the door to meet an old friend for a drink and a snack at the CopperTop Tavern in Camillus. She didn't stay long. But, the visit was long enough for someone to smash her truck window and grab several items inside, including the camera and three memory cards.
"I looked over and saw all the shattered glass," Cole said as she opened her truck door.
The passenger's side window of Cole's truck is now covered with cardboard and small blocks of glass are still sprinkled across the seat days later.
"The window can be replaced. I can buy a new camera. I can buy a new GPS. They weren't that expensive. But, I am never going to get those pictures back," she said.
Jennifer has plenty of professional photos of her four kids, but the candid shots were on those cards, along with video of the first time her five-month-old daughter rolled over and ate cereal.
"There is her birth, her first Christmas, first halloween, a lot of firsts that are just gone," Cole explained.
The Cole's are asking the thief to return the memory cards out of the kindness of their heart. If that fails, they're hoping cash will be a powerful incentive.
"We're looking to give a $500 reward for any information leading to the return of the memory cards, no questions asked," Cole pleaded.
Police did recover a few things for Jennifer, but her camera is still missing and she's begging the person who has it to resist the urge to press the delete button.
"These are our kids. We love them. There are a lot of families out there that really struggle and we've had a lot of opportunity to enjoy them and build memories and I feel like those memories are gone now," Cole said.
Cole remembers being in the CopperTop Tavern in Camillus on Milton Avenue between 9:45-11:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012. If anyone saw suspicious activity during that time, Camillus police can be reached at 487-0102.