OMAHA(KPTM)-A burglar who broke into a Dundee home earlier this month, probably thought he or she didn't get away with much, but a priceless journal was among the stolen items, now a thousand dollars is being offered for its return.
Paula Lavigne still remembers the day her son, Wyatt Arnold, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a fatal condition that caused his death at just five months old. " I just felt like our whole world was falling apart," said Lavigne who decided to journal her son's journey to keep his memory alive. "This was going to be his life. Whatever short amount of time I could capture, this was going to be Wyatt's life, and this is what I would have to hold on to, to come back to," said Lavigne.
But on Superbowl Sunday, a burglar broke in. "They just took this drawer, the entire drawer and nothing else." said Lavigne. In that drawer, costume jewelry and two notebooks documenting her son's short time on earth. But what was tossed out of the drawer gives Lavigne hope. "It was strange because Holy Water was lying on the floor in the landing and that was clearly something that the burglars had to have done," said Lavigne who hopes it's a sign of a conscience and if not, she's hoping a thousand dollar reward will be motivation for something you can't put a price tag on.
The two notebooks that comprise the journal are described as:
A caramel brown leather bound book with the word "Journal" on the cover
A blue, thick notebook
The items were stolen near 51st and Izard. The family is asking anyone who might come across one or both of the books to return it to their front door, or leave them with a library or post office. Also if you have any information that could help crack the case, police ask you to call Crimestoppers at 402-444-STOP to leave an anonymous tip.