DALLAS, Tex. (KBTX)- A documentary featuring a Texas A&M student fighting a rare disorder is now in jeopardy after the film, and its only copy was taken during a vehicle burglary last week in Dallas.
A $5,000 reward is now being offered for the return of the hard drives that contain footage belonging to Austin-based Riot Studios.
The star of the film is 22-year-old Kyle Cox, an Aggie senior who has defied all odds in his almost life-long battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Last year, several of Kyle's friends took him on a surprise road trip to cross several items off his bucket list, and all the adventures were captured on camera for the film called "Kyle Goes To Prom."
The crime happened on the evening of February 1st, 2018 on Park Lane in Dallas.
"My car was broken into by a guy who didn't know what he was stealing. He took my laptop bag with my computer and external hard drives in it which contained everything I had on the documentary," said writer and director Will Bakke.
"I know we could have had it backed up in a cloud. I know I could have brought my bag inside that night. I've been running through the endless scenarios that could have prevented this from happening, but the truth is a thief broke in and stole my stuff. And he stole a story from the world about a kid with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy who wanted to encourage kids with similar disorders to put their hope in Christ and never give up," said Bakke.
"We've checked trash cans, looked through dumpsters, spoken with homeless people in the area, driven up and down neighborhoods, monitored Craigslist, left messages with a dozen pawn shops," said Bakke.
"Kyle still has the ability to share his story with the people he meets, but unless these hard drives are found, we won't be able to share this story in the movie we've been working on for the past six months," he said.
Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to contact the Dallas Police Department.