Lee's Summit burglar steals priceless mementos, adds to grieving parents' loss

Kara Marxer
July 26, 2018 - 7:57 am

A grieving mother in Lee's Summit faces another loss, thanks to a thief.

"She kind of felt like a miracle to us," Jacqueline Mace said of her baby, Charlotte Joy, who was stillborn because the umbilical cord had been wrapped around her neck. The Maces had thought for a long time that they could not become pregnant.

"The room just got really silent -- the nurse apologized and said she couldn't find the heartbeat," Jacqueline said. 

The couple decided to get away to heal. When they returned to Lee's Summit, they didn't take everything out of the car. Jacqueline discovered the theft. 

"I realized immediately somebody had been through our stuff," she said.

The thief stole a backpack that contained a onesie with the words, "C is for Charlotte," and a journal that contained letters Jacqueline had written to her then-unborn daughter.

"I just told her how excited I was to have a daughter, to become a mom," Jacqueline said. "She was a surprise for us but the most welcomed surprise ever."

Jacqueline's husband scoured the Bridgeport neighborhood where they live, and found most of the stolen items scattered on the side of the road a couple of blocks away. But Charlotte's onesie and Jacqueline's journal are still missing.

"I'm hoping that someone maybe just picked them up on their morning walk and doesn't know where to return them to," Jacqueline said.

The Maces are offering a $500 reward for the return of the journal and the precious garment, no questions asked.


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