The family of a young boy who was killed in a plane crash near Waskada last year has been dealt yet another blow.
On July 18, Edmonton police responded to an attempted theft of a vehicle. After trying to steal a truck, the thief made off with a small amount of money and a necklace.
The stolen necklace is a cremation pendant and holds the ashes of Dawson Pentecost, who died in a plane crash with three others — Darren Spence, 37, and his two sons, 10-year-old Gage and nine-year-old Logan — on Feb. 10, 2013 north of Waskada.
The Pentecost family recently moved back to Alberta after spending a number of years in Waskada.
David and Crystal Pentecost are hoping the thief will return the necklace.
"It’s like losing him again," Crystal said Tuesday as she pleaded for the jewelry to be returned. "I don’t know where it is. It’s my son and ... I feel guilty. I should have done more."
The Pentecosts had cremation pendants made for themselves and for each of their other three sons so they could carry Dawson with them always.
"He was angelic. He was funny, smart, yet quiet," said his mother, who cried as she recalled the loss of her son. "You wouldn’t hear anybody say anything bad about him."
Const. Michael Roblin of the Edmonton Police Service said the thief probably doesn’t have any idea what the necklace contains.
"It’s a nice-looking chain and I think it was just an opportunity when he saw something nice ... he just went with it."
The necklace consists of a gold-and-silver cross with five crystals running down the front. The cross hangs on a silver chain.
It belongs to Dawson’s younger brother and had been hanging in the truck since last May. Dawson’s mother explained that he loved his dad’s truck and the boy’s brother wanted to keep the necklace there so Dawson "could come for all the rides he wants."
"We left it in there and it was never moved until now."
Police are asking the public "to keep an eye out for this keepsake necklace and anyone with information about the incident is asked to come forward. It is our hope the necklace will be recovered and returned to its rightful owners, even if it is turned in anonymously."
"When they told me what had been taken, it was heart-breaking. It’s one of those things that insurance can’t cover and you can’t replace it," Roblin said. "They’re new to the city and it leaves kind of a bad taste. I wanted to see if Edmontonians can help out."
"We’d just like it back," his mother said. "I’m not angry at anybody. I’d just like it returned.
"It’s my son and it belongs to us."
The suspect is described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s, with blonde, curly hair. He was last seen wearing red and white shorts.
Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to contact Edmonton police at 780-423-4567.
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