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Stolen car held ashes of owner's mother

January 13, 2012 | 12:41 pm

Whoever stole a Ford sometime Thursday night or Friday morning probably didn’t realize the owner’s mother was in the backseat. Or at least her ashes were.

The Norwalk station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department asked for the public’s help Friday in finding the car and the cremated remains.

The owner left the car in a parking lot around 6 p.m. Thursday. It’s a 2005 Taurus with Oregon license plates.

The car is “foam green.” The box holding the ashes is white.

The case marks the second time that ashes have been stolen in recent months. In October, a burglar broke into a sport utility vehicle parked at a Woodland Hills shopping center and grabbed some luggage, including a black carry-on that contained the remains of the owner's mother.

She had planned to take them to the East Coast for scattering.

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-- Alan Zarembo

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