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Wedding photographer offering reward for photos stolen from truck in Vancouver

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A Beavercreek couple is devastated, after their wedding photos, still on memory cards, were stolen right out of their photographer’s truck the day after their wedding. Now, that photographer is offering a reward to get them back.

“It was really hitting home that all those family photos were gone, and that was pretty devastating,” the bride, Brittany (Burdick) Jaharis, told FOX 12.

Their wedding was in Woodland, Washington on July 8th and they hired Jaharis’ childhood friend, Shanna Swanson, to photograph the special day.

It was everything they could have imagined.

But then, while Swanson was staying at the Sonesta ES Suites in Vancouver, someone broke into her Chevrolet Silverado truck. It happened late July 9th or early July 10th.

“The passenger side window was busted out and there was glass everywhere, and then I realized my camera bag was stolen,” Swanson said.

Thousands of dollars in camera gear and equipment and 20 memory cards were gone.

Luckily, Swanson said there was another camera in her truck with a single card from the wedding still inside and that wasn’t stolen.

It’s the only reason the newlyweds have any professional photos at all.

“The ones we’re missing are all the family photos and bridal party as well. The family photos are what we really want back,” Jaharis added. “My grandfather passed away two and a half years ago, and my grandmother had a photo of him during all the pictures so he was present and it meant a lot to her. So for me, getting those memories back is going to be priceless.”

Swanson posted about it on Craigslist and is offering a reward to get the memory cards back. She has serial numbers for all of the stolen gear, and her name and phone number are written on most of the memory cards.

“I haven’t put a number out there yet, but I think it would be worth someone’s time if they were to return the cards,” she said.

She called Vancouver Police and checked with the motel to see if they had surveillance video, but unfortunately, they didn’t.

As it turns out, whoever broke in also stole her checkbook and Swanson got a call from the bank Wednesday morning saying someone was trying to cash her checks at an ATM.

“So now, we have kind of a lead or breadcrumb anyway,” she added.

As the investigation continues, the newlyweds and the photographer are asking for whoever stole the photos to simply give them back.

“Please just return the memory cards, drop them off somewhere, tell somebody where you put them, call anonymously,” Jaharis said. “Whatever it takes.”

If you find any of the stolen gear, contact Swanson through her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Shanna.Mae.Photography/.

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