Randolph County family devastated after photos of late husband, father stolen in break-in

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- Kelly Ritter is offering a $500 reward to the person who can help her get back some stolen family pictures.

Ritter’s home was broken into on Tuesday. Thieves broke in through a door, stealing a shotgun and fireproof, safe box. In the box included Ritter’s will, money and about 40 family photos.

“I forgive you,” Ritter said, when asked if she could speak directly to the criminals who broke into her home. “I feel sorry for you. I know I cannot imagine the life you're living. But please, somehow, get me those pictures back.”

Ritter says the photos are extremely important to her and her two daughters. The pictures are primarily of her late husband, Dale Ritter. Dale passed away in 1999 following a heart attack. He left behind his wife and two daughters -- who at the time, were 3 weeks old and 9 years old. The stolen pictures were stored in a box, hidden in a bedroom closet. Ritter planned to give them to her children.

Ritter does have photos of her husband back from their wedding in 1987. However, it’s the photos of her husband with her and the kids that she wants to share with her family for generations to come.

Deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office say criminals are breaking into homes in the southwestern portion of the county to steal guns and cash.

Within the past week, deputies have received four reports of break-ins in the southwestern portion.

Two of those break-ins were reported on New Hope Road, one happened on High Pines Church Road and the other was on Lassiter Mill Road.

As part of their investigation, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office has identified two vehicles of interest. The first vehicle is described as being a mid-to-early 1980s black or dark blue Ford truck with a distinctive flatbed.

The other vehicle is described as a 2000 or newer, burgundy or red Chevrolet Cruz or Cobalt.

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