Urn containing man's ashes stolen in burglary

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX - A Phoenix man is pleading with burglars to return his father's stolen urn. Steve Wang says he never imagined his heart would be broken by a total stranger.

Wang says his home on North 60th Place just off Camelback was burglarized a week ago. He thinks the thieves made their way through the backyard and pried open the back door with a garden tool.

"I unlocked the door, it seemed like it was unlocked, and I opened it and immediately I saw things -- open doors that weren't open, lights on -- and so I thought, 'Oh, God,' " he said as he recalled making the discovery.

Wang didn't realize right away that something irreplaceable had vanished. He shared a picture of his late mother, and to her right is his father's urn that's now missing.

"It really made me think, really truly appreciate the meaning of closure," he said. "I just sort of took my closure for granted because the ashes were there, but now who knows where they are."

He's hopeful technology and vigilance with help. Phoenix police were able to pull a few fingerprints from the home. Wang says a neighbor reported suspicious activity last Tuesday morning around 10 a.m., right around the time the break-in occurred.

Wang didn't have any words for the thieves -- only words about what his family is now going through.

"I got together with my brother and his family for dinner, and everybody in the family is going through that grief process all over again," he said. "The kids are really upset about losing their granddad again."

He's hopeful the thieves do the right thing and return his father's ashes, no questions asked. Police, meantime, are asking anyone with information on the Nov. 25 break-in to come forward.