Tacoma car prowler steals teen's keepsake jersey

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 21 at 8:17 PM

TACOMA, Wash. - Kaelinn Snook thought the Tacoma waterfront would be a peaceful place to honor her father. She was wrong.

Snook, 17, and some classmates from Puyallup's Rogers High School decided to save money by taking their own senior portraits at Tacoma's Chinese Reconciliation Park Tuesday afternoon.

When they returned to their car to change into other outfits, they realized their car had been broken into.

"I freaked out," said Snook.

Snook's black duffle bag had been stolen. Inside was a black mesh jersey with the number 31, which had belonged to her father.

Rodney Snook died from ALS two years ago.

Kaelinn wanted to wear the jersey in her offiical senior photo as a way to honor her father and make him part of her senior year.

"It's not replaceable," said Kaelinn Snook. "I can replace the other clothes, I cannot replace that jersey."

Kaelinn and her mother hope someone turns it in to Tacoma Police.

"It's just more heartbreak on top of heartbreak," said Kaelinn's mother, Gina Liddell.

If you have any information about the jersey, Kaelinn and the Tacoma Police would love to know.

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