Family pleads for return of stolen laptop containing treasured photos

An Indiana family is offering a reward for the return of a laptop containing years of family photos which was stolen from a restaurant at the Edinburgh Premium Outlets.

Naomi Davis, Ridgeville, which is near Muncie, pleaded for the return of the laptop, which was stolen sometime between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday from the Montana Mike’s restaurant parking lot.

The 15.6-inch HP laptop contained four years of family photos from birthdays, weddings, holidays and other family events, and its loss has been devastating to the family.

“I’m asking whoever did this to have a heart,” she said in a telephone interview Monday. “My daughter’s wedding photos are on there. I don’t know how to replace them.”

The family is offering a $100 reward, which is the amount that most 4-year-old laptops are going for on resale sites, no questions asked, for the return of the laptop with the photos intact. Anyone with information about the laptop or who is willing to return it is asked to call the Davis family at 765-546-1962.

Sunday’s incident is the second time the Davis’ family’s 2000 green Ford Excursion has been broken into while parked at Montana Mike’s, Davis said.

On Sept. 3, an unknown individual broke into the passenger door lock assembly sometime between 2:30 and 4 p.m. and stole a GPS unit out of the center console, Davis said.

In the Sunday incident, the thief did the same thing, but this time broke a set of headphones plugged into the center console. Once inside, the thief popped the back latch and took about $200 in merchandise the family had purchased at the outlet mall, as well as the laptop, which was wedged behind a cooler against the back seat of the vehicle.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.