Aurora, Colo. (KDVR) — The sister of a man who died from COVID-19 in 2020 had nearly $2,000 worth of softball gear stolen from her truck on Sunday morning.

The truck was owned by Cody Lyster before he passed away of the coronavirus on April 8, 2020. It was given to Sierra, Cody’s sister.

Kevin Lyster, Cody and Sierra’s father, said that around 4:25 a.m. Sunday morning, a white Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Commander pulled up beside the truck, took the cover off of the bed, and stole the softball gear.

The theft happened in Aurora.

“What they took was items of sentimental value,” said Kevin, a law enforcement officer who lives with his family in Aurora.

Sierra is a softball player, and her mother, father and brother have supported her for years. So invested in her sport, the family has spent over $2,000 in equipment for her.

The gear included helmets, bat hangers, bats, gloves (pitching and first base), catcher gear, new cleats and a face mask.

“This kid (Sierra) has been through a lot in the last two years and to have this happen is a little overwhelming right now,” shared Kevin.

Softball gear stolen from truck in Aurora (Credit: Kevin Lyster)

Lee Ann Lyster, Kevin’s wife and Sierra’s mother, said it was the family who had to pay the consequences of this crime.

“We had to go today and replace some of the equipment because she has practice Tuesday,” Lee Ann said.

It’s more than just the gear they took from the family, Sierra’s brother, Cody died almost two years ago to the day. Since then, Sierra said she kept his mementos with her softball gear, which is now in the hands of thieves.

“I kept a photo of us in my bag so when I play he would be there, and I kept a bracelet that he gave me there just for sentimental value,” Sierra said.

“It had to be somebody that has either driven by and watched her, either at a field, at a practice or has followed her somewhere,” Kevin said.

Security footage showed the Jeep pull up next to the truck, then a passenger got out and lifted the cover off of the bed of the truck. After that, you can see the suspect take the gear out of the truck, put it in the Jeep, and drive away.

“That’s scary for someone my age to have to deal with that, knowing someone could have been following me or watching me,” Sierra said.

If you have any information, please contact the Aurora Police Department.