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Couple has daughter's ashes stolen
Reward offered for return
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Thieves stole something more valuable than jewels and guns when they broke into the home of a Woodland Hills couple.
“Among the many things taken were the ashes of my deceased daughter,” said Barbara Black, who returned from vacation Feb. 7 with her husband, John, to find their home had been burglarized. “The ashes were in gold and ivory-colored urns in small boxes and were labeled with her name, Katherine Colleen Bissell.”
A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who broke into their home sometime between Jan. 20 and Feb. 7 while the couple was out of town. John says he will also reward anyone who can see to the safe return of the ashes.
“The ashes were in a large safe the burglars unbolted from the foundation and used a handcart to take out to their car or truck,” Mr. Black said, noting the thieves apparently entered through a sunroom and went about systematically checking the residence.
Also taken in the heist was a shotgun John said belonged to his grandmother which has sentimental value. Another smaller safe taken by the burglars contained things like passports and vehicle titles.
Anyone with information about the burglary should contact sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter at 473-7863.