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Car burglar takes student's artwork

By Scott Harrison
Published On: Nov 14 2012 11:53:21 PM CST

Happened during a car burglary Tuesday in downtown Colorado Springs.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A family asks for help in the return of a student's artwork that could earn him a college scholarship.

Palmer High School student Zach Diaz, 17, said a six-year collection of his best art was stolen Tuesday night after his mother's car was burglarized.  It happened outside City Auditorium in downtown Colorado Springs.

"I'm mad and sad, said Diaz.  "This morning when I found out, I kind of freaked out a little bit and went on a rage fit."

Zach's mother, Kristin Diaz, said the art isn't valuable to the thief and may end up being thrown away.  She asks that downtown businesses and even homeless people check trash cans and trash bins.

"(Zach) has goals and dreams, and he wants to go to art school, and he's missing all of his good work," said Kristin Diaz.  "So we just want it back.  I don't want to press charges, I don't want to argue with anybody."

Zach Diaz said without the missing artwork, he can't show it to prospective colleges who may be interested in him.

The art was kept in a tan-colored shoulder bag and several plastic sleeves.  The bag is covered with buttons, stickers and other artwork.

The Diaz family asks that if found, the art be taken to Palmer High School or KRDO NewsChannel 13.  You also may call the family at 719-243-0816.

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