Green township resident Ryan Weiss is a photographer and an artist.
Weiss does artwork on custom cranial helmets that must be worn by children for months to reshape their skulls, for what is called flat head syndrome.
“This just betters their lives. It gives them something more appealing to wear during this time frame of having the helmet on.” Weiss said.
Weiss said he believes in pay it forward, so he frequently volunteers his time and donates his work.
Saturday, he had just gotten home from a family shoot at 3:30 in the afternoon.
His jeep was parked in his unlocked garage.
The jeep was also unlocked.
Weiss was inside his home just feet away.
Inside his jeep was all of his cameras and camera equipment.
All of it was stolen.
“My heart sunk. My stomach hurt. It’s not something easily replaced,”
Weiss says he lost seven thousand dollars worth of the cannon cameras, lighting, batteries, and memory cards with his work on them.
“I’ve got gigs that I have booked for family photos. Unfortunately now I’m not going to be able to do those, because I don’t have the equipment,” Weiss said.
Weiss knows it's a long shot, but he pleads with the thief to return the equipment.
“Bring the gear back. I don’t need to press charges. I don’t need to know, just leave it at my house. Just think about what you did and how it impacts people,” Weiss said.
Weiss filed a report with the Springfield Township Police Department in Summit County.