Denham Springs family loses treasured photographs after trailer is stolen

Source: Batarseh family
Source: Batarseh family
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Losing almost everything in the flooding really hurt one family in Denham Springs, but a recent theft really made matters worse as a hidden treasure was stolen from them.

Monther and Vickie Batarseh are holding onto some of the last pictures they have of their son, Layth. They say he died four years ago from complications due to an illness at the age of 31.

Almost of all their photos of him, along with many other pictures of their family are gone. They were stolen sometime between the night of Tuesday, Oct. 25 and the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 26.

"What they've done is not just take something from somebody, they took what little they had left," Vickie Batarseh said.

The Batarsehs lost almost everything during the recent flooding. Those treasured photos, along with tools that were donated to the Batarsehs by friends, were all they had left following the flooding.

The items were inside a trailer that was stolen while sitting in front of their garage at their home on Falcon Crest Drive in Denham Springs. The Batarsehs did not have a wheel lock, but they wish they had.

"See that's what happens when you trust people. You wouldn't think about them doing that to people that have lost everything," Vickie said.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft. The stolen trailer is white with a logo on the back for CSI, a company that sells trailers and golf carts.

The Batarsehs say they don't care as much about the trailer as they do the photographs inside. They are asking for anyone's help in finding those items.

"We have people come from nowhere, and I've never met them in my whole life, willing to help," Monther Batarseh said. "To imagine that kind of humanity versus that kind of humanity where they come and steal something. The last thing I would imagine is that there's people in this world like that."

"How can they even live with themselves? To go in there and take what little is left. I think it's so sad, and I feel sorry for them," Vickie said.

Deputies said these types of thefts have not become more common since the flooding, but they still caution everyone with trailers to use some type of lock.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the Batarsehs' trailer is urged to call the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office (225) 686-2241, extension 1, or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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