SANTA ANA, Calif. (FOX 11) - A family made the move to California after their teenage son was diagnosed with cancer, but a trailer carrying everything they wined was stolen.
They said they just want their sentimental belongings back.
Right now, Carla Beaty and her children have only each other and a roof over their heads after falling victims of theft Tuesday morning.
The mother of four told FOX 11 reporter Leah Uko that her ex-husband called her at 7 a.m. to tell her the $2,500 trailer he had just purchased and drove to Santa Ana from Florida was gone.
"At first I thought, you know, he was playing around. And when I jumped out of the bed and ran downstairs, it was gone."
A neighbor recorded surveillance footage from someone else's phone. It didn't show much, but Beaty says a witness told her four to five people pulled up to the trailer, possibly cut the locks to detach it from the family's truck, then attached it to their truck and drove off.
"I was confused," Beaty continued. "I was angry. I was frustrated because I didn't know what to do and right away I called the police and filed a report."
Santa Ana police said the suspect truck didn't have license plates.
Beaty hopes the thieves return what was inside the trailer, including her kids' birth certificates, baby picture, their father's tools and their eldest son, Christopher Ramirez' bed and memorabilia from high school from friends back in Florida.
The 15-year-old had to end the school year early when he was diagnosed with leukemia.
"I think it doesn't affect him on his treatment, but personally, I think he feels sad and frustrated."
Christopher got sick in March and was in the hospital for two months. His mother had to leave her job to take care of him.
His father hasn't found work in California yet because he just moved out here with the family. But he needs his tools to land another construction job.
The family posted a flyer of the trailer online and asked people to share it in hopes the people who stole the trailer would see it.
"If they can just think of everything that's in there and if they can return the stuff to you they're just going to throw away, that just means so much to us, I mean, that's all we want. I mean everything like I said, it can be replaced."
A GoFundMe has been set up for the Beaty-Ramirez family at https://www.gofundme.com/jgddp-team-chris.