Ron Torres–videographer for BodyBuilding.com, local comic and one of the original members of Insert Foot Theatre
improv group–went to bed the night of April 19 feeling satisfied. He'd stayed up past 1 a.m. editing a new draft of a project called Carver
, a film project featuring local artist Chris Hunt that's only a month away from being finished and ready for submission to the Sundance Film Festival. He told Boise Weekly
he felt proud of his work that night as he headed upstairs to his bedroom.
But Monday morning, he went downstairs and it was gone. Someone had snuck in through the unlocked back door of his apartment while he was asleep and stolen his 15.4-inch Macbook Pro, his wireless mouse, his silver Seagate external hard drive with the word "Carver" written across in Sharpie, another black external hard drive full of raw footage and files for an upcoming music video project, a Zoom 4HN audio recorder, his Playstation 3, a 32-gig flash card and an 8-gig iPod touch.
But his phone, his tablet and his camera equipment nearby were untouched.
Two of Torres' neighbors were also robbed that night, both reporting stolen laptops. Authorities told Torres his best bet of finding his possessions is to peruse pawnshops, Craigslist and eBay. But he said in a Facebook
post that the loss is "gut wrenching."
"If you stole this for money ... I have money to give you if its returned ... let me have my stories. I beg you," the Facebook post read. He listed each item stolen, and within 24 hours the status had already been shared 75 times.
One Facebook share came from Ryan DeLuca, the CEO and founder of BodyBuilding.com
. He's personally offering a $5,000 reward for the return of Torres' electronics.
"The hardware can be replaced," DeLuca wrote. "What can't be replaced is the blood, sweat, tears, time and emotion that went into the videos and data that was on the equipment. He's been working on many special projects that are close to his heart and it's all gone. It's absolutely heartbreaking to me."
Ted Challenger, owner of China Blue, Dirty Little Roddy's and the Main Street Bistro, also commented on Facebook that, "I'll add a $1000 bar tab to the capture of this douche."
Torres says the outpouring of community support has been "amazing." He told BW
that many of his friends, filmmakers and community members have been scouring Craigslist and eBay, sending him leads.
"They've taken away the stories," Torres
said of the theft, "but not the storyteller. It's a horrible circumstance, but it's definitely not the end of the story."