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Family has camera equipment, medications stolen while visiting ER

By Devon Dolan | Posted - Jul 17th, 2013 @ 10:23pm

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SALT LAKE CITY &mash; A Utah family was in the emergency room at the Primary Children's Hospital when their medication and a camera with thousands of pictures was stolen from their vehicle in the parking lot.

Sasha Pollock and her son Justin were in the emergency room when someone broke into their car and stole Justin's medication. Justin suffers from diabetes and also has heart and lung failure. The pills are life-saving for him, but in a healthy body the medicine could be lethal.

Sasha is a photographer at Flash Photo, and she often captures moments with Justin. However, she is concerned not only about losing the expensive camera, but also for the lost photos of more than 500 families that she had recently taken as part of her job. Sasha had offered a free photo shoot at the Clinton Days festival.

"Some parents are angry," Sasha said. "We had (pictures of) grandparents in their 90s and little babies."

During Sandra's photo shoot at the Clinton Days, she received a phone call from Justin when he began having health issues.

He takes medications that are $45 a pill, and he takes four of them a day. Why would anyone steal from someone who is in the hospital?

–Sasha Pollock

"We have this ongoing problem of his kidneys shutting down, and his lungs filling up with fluid," Sasha said.

Sasha packed up her camera and left the photo shoot. She picked up Justin, his bag of medications and syringes and headed to Primary Children's Medical Center. She left the camera bag and bag of medications in the vehicle when they checked Justin into the emergency room.

However, when Sasha went back out to her car hours later, she discovered that the camera equipment, insulin and pills were missing.

"My car had been broken into," Sasha said. "He takes medications that are $45 a pill, and he takes four of them a day. Why would anyone steal from someone who is in the hospital?"

The camera and medications were in two bags. One had a single strap and had the name 'pictureline' written across the back. It The other was an orange and gray Samsonite bag.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking the public to look out for either of the bags described.


Devon Dolan

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