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Man's Ashes Stolen During Roseville Burglary

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A local woman's valuables were taken during a recent break-in, and among the missing items is the remains of her late husband.

On Friday, a thief got into the yard of a Roseville home through a side gate and pried open a window. The thief then stole an urn that contained the homeowner's late husband's ashes, say police. The thief also got away with some jewelry.

Mimi Lopez-Waverly said the theft has her mourning her late husband all over again. She said her home alarm went off when the burglary broke in, likely forcing a quick escape. The burglar grabbed the urn, likely mistaking it for a jewelry box.

"There's no price on what he took," Lopez-Waverly said.

Her husband Michael passed away nearly four years ao.

"At least when my husband died, he came home to me," she said. "He came home in a beautiful box, and I had him home. He was here with me and now he's gone."

With the ashes gone, Lopez-Waverly says her husband's presence is missing.

"What breaks my heart is that he's somewhere, is he somewhere in a dumpster, is he somewhere in a field, is he somewhere, where is he?" she said.

Police say the break-in was unusual because the home is in a gated community and the alarm was activated at the time. Now she is making a wholehearted plea for the thief to return her husband's ashes and help her heal again.

"He could take anything, I would give him anything if he would just bring Michael home," Lopez-Waverly said.

If someone has information about this missing urn, the Roseville Police Department encourages anyone to return the item anonymously to any fire station in Roseville or call the police department at 916-746-1059 to report the whereabouts.

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