A Twin Cities woman is making an emotional plea to a thief to return a purse stolen from her dying mother.
"To the young man at the Brooklyn Center laundromat," wrote Corie Rae in a Wednesday Facebook post, "you've never met me, but you met my mother yesterday...she became unresponsive and while the paramedics were called, you walked away with her purse."
The post has been shared nearly 3,000 times since it went up less than 24 hours earlier.
According to WCCO, Rae's mother was treated at the laundromat after she "lost consciousness" there, was taken to a hospital and released, only to die at her home later.
Rae is appealing to the thief to hand over not the money or credit cards in the purse, but the personal items – like a treasured keychain that was given to her by her now deceased best friend – that cannot be replaced.
Another of those belongings, Rae says, is her mother's phone. While an older model and not worth a lot, she writes, it contained irreplaceable photos of her mother's "50th birthday party, pictures of her grandchildren, and pictures of her own mother before she passed away."
The Brooklyn Center Police Department told BringMeTheNews they have a detective on the case.
Though police are investigating, Rae assures the person who stole the purse that she "won't ask any questions," or ask any of the money back – "all I would like is the pictures and the pieces that mean nothing to you but everything to me."
In a follow-up Thursday, Rae thanked everyone for the "incredible support and kind words."