Editor's Note

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

Dear readers,

Sometime between the hours of 7 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, my car was broken into and a large forest green REI daypack was stolen. This happened in the parking lot by the Hangar on the Wharf and my car is a brown and tan 1987 Ford Bronco II.

I'm hoping someone might have seen people messing with my car, or might have heard someone talking about the backpack. My life was in that pack and I need it back.

The backpack contained my camera gear (a Canon EOS camera and lenses), notes for stories I'm working on at the Empire, notes and computer disks from an archival history project, my eyeglasses, prescription medication, textbooks, passport and other items that might not be worth anything to the thieves but are items I use in my daily life.

I estimate the loss at between $1,500 and $2,000, and I can't afford to replace everything right now. Losing the backpack also means I'm not going to be able to do my job the way I should, since I use the cameras and notes for work. I can try to re-interview people and refresh my notes, but some of the archival material I was working on can't be replaced.

If anybody has seen or heard anything about the theft, please call the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600 and give them the details. The case reference number is 45691. Or you can call me at the Juneau Empire at 586-3740, Ext. 294, or at my home number at 364-2647.

If you're the thief, the Juneau Police Department has all the serial numbers for my camera equipment, as do all of Juneau's pawn shops and used photography equipment stores. You're not going to be able to pawn the equipment. Since you won't be able to use the items you stole, please leave the backpack in a dry place and call me with the location so I can get my life back.

Charles Bingham

Juneau Empire sports editor

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