Police have made an appeal for the return of a laptop computer stolen from the family of a man who died in an alleged assault in Lancashire.
Adam Rogers, 24, suffered serious head injuries in Northgate, Blackburn, in July last year. He died in hospital.
The computer was stolen from the family home in Dukes Brow and contained “irreplaceable” pictures of Mr Rogers.
Det Insp Claire Holbrook, of Lancashire Police, said the theft was “absolutely devastating” for the family.
The theft happened early on Tuesday when the hall window was smashed at the house and a man grabbed the Acer computer.
Also on the laptop were photos of Mr Rogers’ ashes being scattered on his birthday, the eulogy his father prepared and letters the family had written to people about Mr Rogers.
Police believe the thief ran off down the back of Adelaide Terrace, on to Preston New Road, before running down Montague Street and into the town centre.
He is described as white 5ft 6in (1.67m) tall, slim and was wearing dark clothes.
Det Insp Holbrook said: “The laptop is password protected so will be of no financial value but clearly has a huge sentimental value to Adam’s family who have been left heartbroken by the incident.
“It appears to have been committed by an opportunist thief who may not realise the sentimental value the laptop holds. I appeal to him to search his conscience and return the laptop.”
Police are examining CCTV footage of the area and speaking to residents.
Mr Rogers’ father David said: “We are heartbroken by the loss of these photographs and would appeal to anybody who knows about it to realise the immense loss to us if it isn’t returned.
“Some of the images are totally irreplaceable.”