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Thief stealing stuffed animals from car crash memorial

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Some has been stealing teddy bears from a roadside memorial in Spokane. Some has been stealing teddy bears from a roadside memorial in Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Mark Novak began leaving stuffed animals at the site where his 24-year-old son Shane lost his life just a day after the crash, and two months later he's had to hang his fifth teddy bear because someone keeps stealing them.

“He was my life, and I just miss him so much,” Mark Novak said. “It's just devastating.”

Shane Novak had an epileptic seizure while behind the wheel on I-90 in Post Falls on November 29. Four days later the first bear was stolen from its place on the pole that Shane struck that day.

“It just breaks my heart. I don't know why someone would be so cruel.”

The culprit left the slashed zip ties and their calling card -- a pack of gum -- below the pole.

“Last time they put [the pack of gum] inside the chain like to say ‘I was here,'” Novak said.

The grieving father has hung the fifth bear more than 10 feet in the air with zip ties and a steel chain, hoping that may deter the thief.

“I just hope whoever is doing this will stop,” Novak said, “It's my son up there.”

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