Burglars Steal Electronics, Urn Filled With Mother’s Ashes — And Whipped Cream


When Ann Reed got home from work Friday night, her front gate was wide open. Immediately she knew something was wrong. When she went inside, she discovered that “all the doors and cupboards and everything were open.”

Reed says the burglars snuck into her home through a crawl space and they stole more than just electronics and jewelry. The urn of her mother’s ashes gone. ““It was sitting on the shelf down here,” said Reed. “Everything else I can replace; I can’t replace my mom’s ashes.”

Her mother’s urn is identical to a dark wooden box Reed still had at her home. “It’s a simple wooden box that’s rather heavy,” said Reed. The one Reed showed us was an urn intended for her father, who is still alive. Her parents were married for 60 years until Reed’s mother died in 2009.

The family grew up in the Gig Harbor area overlooking the Puget Sound and that’s where her parents wanted to be reunited one day. “That is where they wanted to have their ashes mingled. Now I can’t do that — I can’t mingle dad and mom’s ashes together,” said Reed.

She’s not expecting the burglars to return it. She’s hoping someone will see her story and recognize the wooden box with her mother’s name — Joyce Case — written on it.

Reed says about a 100 different items were stolen, everything from a touchscreen computer to a ship compass dating back to 1890 — including two cans of whipped cream. “It’s really a joke why would they take that,” said Reed.


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