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Couple’s keepsakes swiped

To the person or persons who broke into a Utah Street home in South Lake Tahoe on Feb. 8, smoked cigarettes inside and stole a camcorder and digital camera: You can keep the equipment but please return the video cassette and camera chip. They have sentimental value.

That’s the message from Jon and Kelary Hetherton, who have memories attached to the recordings, including the birth of their son Kaden, and birthdays of their other son, Kailer, along with keepsake moments such as Kaden’s first laugh, roll, crawl, first taste of solid food and Kailer’s preschool graduation.

“We don’t need the cameras as bad as the people who took them, but we definitely want the video and chips back. Those are the things we can’t replace,” said Jon, an agent for Farmer’s Insurance in South Lake Tahoe.



The burglary happened between 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Kelary Hetherton had taken her children to Ernie’s Coffee Shop for a burger night fundraiser. Jon was working late at the office. Kelary returned home and smelled something unusual in the house: Cigarette smoke. She called her husband, who came home to check it out.

“Neither of us smoke so, the smell really stood out in the house,” Jon said.




Searching the house from top to bottom, the couple saw that nothing, apparently, was missing. Thinking that perhaps the smoke wafted in from the outside, the couple chose not to call the police.

That is until last Sunday, when their 6-month old son Kaden was “doing something cute” and the couple wanted to get it on video. When they went to the closet where the 8mm Sony Handicam normally sits, the couple discovered that it was gone as was the their Sony Cybershot camera. Both devices are valued at $1,300.

The police were called, and so were pawn shops around town. Even South Tahoe Refuse was contacted, and asked to be on the lookout for a videotape and camera chip in the garbage that gets sorted daily for recyclables.

While not entirely confident that either recorders will show, the Hetherton’s thought they would appeal to the thief or thieves’ soft side, if they have one, by asking for the return of the videotape and chip, no questions asked.

“The expense of the camera is no bid deal. You can always buy a new one but you cannot replace the movies on that tape,” Jon said. “These are moments we’ll never see again unless the person who took it wants to return it.”

Returning property

Videotape and photo chip can be returned, no questions asked, to Jon and Kelary Hetherton, P.O. Box 8407 South Lake Tahoe, 96158; or in the night drop slot at Farmer’s Insurance, 2264 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.


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