Thieves steal gifts and ashen remains in brazen heist
By André Coleman 12/26/2013
Police are searching for four robbers who broke into a local home and stole electronics, Christmas presents and urns containing the remains of the parents of the homeowner.
According to the police, on Friday four Latinos between 16 and 20 used a small door for the family dog to gain entrance to the home in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue.
Once inside, the thieves stole televisions, DVD players and piggy banks. They even emptied stockings and ripped ornaments off the family’s Christmas tree. To make matters worse, the brazen thieves stole two urns containing the ashes of the father’s parents.
The homeowner, identified only as Griffin, did not return phone calls seeking comment for this story. In an interview with CBS News he said he felt bad about the loss of his parents’ remains.
Griffin lives in the home along with his wife and two children.
“We had a pretty ornate box with my parents’ ashes in it,” he said. “My own siblings put me in charge of my mom and dad, and I failed them and that’s makes me actually feel bad.”
Pasadena Police Lt. Diego Torres told the Weekly that he believed the thieves did not know what was in the ornate urns.
“I don’t think they realized what they were taking,” Torres said. “They probably believed the urns were valuable. They wiped [the family] out. We have some video evidence and we are searching for witnesses. So far we have not recovered any of the stolen property.”
The video from a nearby surveillance camera shows the thieves making several trips back and forth from the home as they removed the family’s valuables, including a flat screen TV and jewelry.
According to Torres, there have not been similar crimes in the area.
“So far, we have not been able to establish any pattern to other home burglaries nearby,” Torres said.
People with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Sgt. Tory Riley at (626) 744-3816. Informants need not leave their names.