Crime victim searching for stolen wallet belonging to her late father
DUNBAR, WV (WSAZ) — Felicia Roark spent her Sunday helping her mother’s cleaning business in Dunbar.
It’s one of the ways she coped with grief after losing her father, Todd, in June 2019.
“Unfortunately, with grief, it comes in waves,” she said. “We were very close. I was his caregiver until his death.
Roark said she helped her mother load cleaning supplies in and out of a house in the 1200 block of Grosscup Avenue in Dunbar throughout the morning.
As the pair finished, Roark realized someone had broken into his car.
“I was sad, angry, angry, mostly angry at myself, just because I was like, it’s a trivial thing to lock your car doors,” she explained.
“I happened to think everything was fine and left my car unlocked for maybe an hour.”
At that time, Roark’s purse which contained Todd’s wallet was removed from his car.
“It was really hard to realize that I had lost something that was so sentimental to me now it’s lost,” she said. “His wallet was the only thing I kept on me, just to look at when I was having a really bad day and to really be able to imagine it.”
She said the wallet helped her feel connected to her father.
“Some days, you know, I take it out, and I just stroke it in my hand and I just think it was in his pocket,” she recalled.
“It was what he carried with him and now I carry it, it was really sentimental for me.”
She hopes the thief will change his mind.
“For whatever reason, you know if it was to help you get well, or maybe it’s just something you have a problem with, I’m not even mad about it. “, she said.
“I want my dad’s wallet back, like if you could take it all out and give it back to me and I’d be over the moon.”
The wallet is a black leather money clip style wallet with some of Todd’s photos and IDs. The ID is on the front and the name on it is “Todd Roark”.
Felicia’s handbag is a gray suede shoulder bag with many zipped pockets.
Her wallet is pink and faux leather.
Anyone who finds the wallet or has information can call Dunbar Police at 304-766-0204.
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