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Thief steals cremation ashes from parked car

October 26, 2011 |  9:33 am

Police were searching Wednesday for a thief who stole cremated remains from a parked SUV just hours before the victim could transport her mother's ashes to the East Coast.

The burglar broke into the sport utility vehicle in the parking lot of the Westfield Promenade shopping center in Woodland Hills early Monday evening and took two bags of luggage and a black canvas carry-on, Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a statement.

The ashes were in the black bag.

The two pieces of luggage were recovered Tuesday afternoon, but some items that had been inside were missing, police said. The black bag was nowhere to be found.

An LAPD spokesman said detectives were seeking tips and did not have any suspects.

The victim told police she was going to take the ashes to the East Coast for spreading. 


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