A New Westminster family is desperate to find precious family photos stolen by thieves who took their computers and backup hard drives during a burglary last week.

Kailey Toth says she was shocked when thieves ransacked her house in the middle of the day last Wednesday.

“They broke the door in basically,” she told CBC News. “They went through the whole house... top to bottom.”

'I don’t care who has them, how they got them, no questions asked. I would just like to get them back.'- Kailey Toth

Toth said the thieves took the family computer and the backup hard drives containing photos of her three-year-old son Finley.

The photos of Finley are particularly precious to Toth. Finley was a premature baby and weighed just four pounds when he was born at B.C. Women’s Hospital.

"He was in an incubator, in the NICU and we couldn't hold him at first,” Toth explained. “So those pictures are when we first took him out and when my husband and I first held him.”

Kailey Toth

New Westminster Mom Kailey Toth plays with her son, three-year-old Finley. The family's first photos of Finley were lost after thieves made off with backup drives were along with the family's main computer. (CBC)

Toth and her husband say they have been scouring Craigslist, pawn shops and back alleys in search of the computer and hard drives.

“I know it's a needle in a haystack. They could literally be anywhere but I just feel like… we have to try,” Toth said.

“I don’t care who has them, how they got them, no questions asked. I would just like to get them back. I haven't been able to sleep. I see the pictures in my mind, over and over again.”

Toth says the thieves also made off with a locket she wore on her wedding day — the same locket worn by her great-grandmother on her wedding day, in 1911, which has been passed down as a family heirloom.

Baby photos lost after backup drives stolen

A precious family heirloom, a locket worn by both Kailey Toth at her wedding and by her great-grandmother at her wedding, in 1911, was also taken in the break-in. (CBC)

With files from the CBC's Emily Elias