FORT MORGAN, Colo. -- A community’s heartbreak turns to outrage as a thief steals much more than a little boy’s Samsung tablet.
Brent Mahagan, a Morgan County Sheriff Deputy was driving his 8-year-old son Austin to a wrestling match December 19.
The boy died after they were involved in a traffic crash.
Their pickup was towed to a Fort Morgan impound lot. And yesterday they learned someone cut a hole in the fence and stole, among other things, Austin’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
He’d been playing with it just before the crash.
Mahagan says Austin loved to take pictures and videos of himself. “It was just fun videos and memories that we want back. We lost him and we’d like to have these memories. Those videos are him smiling, his giggle and his laugh.”
A few days before Christmas, hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Austin’s life.
And Friday, angry Facebook posts urged whoever took the tablet to do the right thing and return it to his parents.
Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone posted they can return it or call with information and remain anonymous, no questions asked.
The family says the tablet itself is old and has charging problems and is password protected. They say it’s practically worthless to anyone else, but priceless to them.
Austin’s mother Cami says, “It’s been a lot to go through anyway and then finding out the tablet was stolen, it just hits us again. It’s one more hit against us.”
There is a growing cash reward offered for anyone who helps find the tablet.
His family asks anyone with any information to please call police or the sheriff department.
The Morgan County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 970-542-3445.