Trunk with priceless photos stolen from Uptown Dallas resident

A young man in Uptown Dallas is making a plea to the thief who stole some very important mementos from him.

Ethan Skinner says a box containing items from his childhood was stolen Friday afternoon as he was moving into his new apartment -- and he's hoping for some help to get them back.

“I immediately freaked out like oh my god my stuff is in there. My pictures, my everything, I have to get back immediately,” Skinner said.

Ethan Skinner was moving out of his apartment at the Post Worthington on McKinney in Uptown with a friend's help when one of his things got lost in the shuffle.

“He accidentally left that in front of the building, on the steps of the building,” Skinner said.

Skinner says his wicker trunk was unattended for about 20 minutes - but it was already too late.

“He realized he didn't have it, he returned and it was gone,” Skinner said. “I'm searching up down McKinney Avenue talking to bar owners, talking to people who might have a camera, I'm looking in dumpsters.”

The trunk contained a metal box - which might not seem like much to some. But inside were Skinner's most valued childhood memories and irreplaceable family photos.

“My favorite photo is the last photo I have of my grandmother before she passed away,” Skinner said. “They mean absolutely everything to me.”

Skinner has filed a report with Dallas police, who are looking for any surveillance video of the possible thief. He's also offering a reward if the family photos are returned.

“With the growth of Dallas and the growth of Uptown, people need to be mindful and always keep an eye on their things, you really can't be too careful because there's always someone looking over your shoulder,” Skinner said.

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