Mother pleads for return of stolen items

Rebecca Stringer
Rebecca Stringer
Vincent Stringer
Vincent Stringer

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

MILILANI (HawaiiNewsNow) - "Vincent went everywhere with me. He went to work with me. He went to conferences with me," Rebecca Stringer said.

When she and her husband, Daniel, speak of their youngest son, Vincent, they do so in the past tense.

"He just loved to be near us," she said. "He would just be sitting next to us and he would be really happy, even when he was really sick."

He was eighteen months old when cancer claimed him on November 20. His funeral was one week ago.

"There just are no words to describe the pain that there is," Stringer said.

And there are no words to describe what a thief did Thursday in the early afternoon.

Someone broke in through a window at the family's Mililani home, stole a silver, 13-inch Macbook Pro from the kitchen table and a Cannon camera from a book case. Both of them held photographs and video of Vincent.

"Even after he passed, I have a video of him on there, of me holding him and of our family around. And that's worth a lot to me," Stringer said.

The thief or thieves also stole some of Rebecca's jewelry.

Her sister-in-law, Amy, created flyers to post around the neighborhood asking for information that might get the items back.

She also lost a laptop in the break-in that had other images of Vincent.

"She has lots of videos of my two sons playing together from when Vincent was well," Stringer said.

Rebecca filed a police report, listing what was stolen. She checked with pawn shops, looking for the items. She's pleading for the return of the computers and the camera for Vincent's sake.

"I need those pictures and those videos back because they document his life to me, and his life that was so short," she said. "I would really like whoever took them just to return them to us."

The items can be returned by calling 741-1335.

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