Tempe police recover stolen urn

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police recovered an urn that was stolen during a residential burglary and arrested a Tucson man for fraudulently using the victim's credit cards.

"Now I really believe in miracles," said victim Karen Dory. "I'm very proud of Tempe police, all of them."

Dory said she was starting to lose hope when she got a phone call Sunday morning from Tempe police saying they found her urn and her husband's ashes.

"I was completely speechless. I said, 'I can't believe this,'" Dory said.

On June 2, an unidentified suspect or suspects entered her home in the 1900 block of East Fairmont Drive in Tempe and stole jewelry, credit cards and an urn containing Dory's deceased husband's ashes. She said the urn had her husband's name on the front.

On Thursday, police released surveillance photos of two men using the victim's stolen credit cards.

A Tempe officer recognized one of the individuals as Anthony Edward Jessup Sr., 49, according to Sgt. Steve Carbajal.

Officers contacted Jessup during a traffic stop near Southern Avenue and Horne in Mesa Friday night. He was arrested and booked into Tempe City Jail on eight counts of forgery, eight counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, one count of theft of a credit card and one count of taking the identity of another.

Carbajal said detectives continued to follow up on the burglary and recovered the urn with the ashes of Grant M. Dory still inside.

Tempe police detectives are still working to identify the second individual involved in using the stolen credit cards. He is described as a white male with dark hair, 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 190 pounds and wearing a red shirt.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.