facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Thieves steal safe containing wife's ashes

Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania man who lost his wife to cancer last year says he lost her again after thieves stole a safe containing her ashes.

The ashes of John Mogck's wife, Rita, were stored in the bedroom safe until he could take them to Germany, his wife's birthplace, for burial, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday.

The safe also contained rare gold and silver coins, $4,000 in cash and important documents such as Mogck's passport and birth certificate. But Mogck told the Inquirer he just wants his wife's ashes returned.

The theft occurred Jan. 24 at Mogck's home in the Bustleton section of Philadelphia.

Mogck, 71, said a man who said he was with a tree service working down the street asked to see Mogck's trees in the backyard. After the man left, Mogck went inside and discovered the safe, which had been bolted to the floor, had been ripped out and was missing.

Mogck said moving the safe downstairs would have required at least two men. Marks on the concrete steps appear to show where the safe was dragged to the sidewalk.

A neighbor's security camera footage showed a van backing into Mogck's driveway and leaving a short time later.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
4
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
5
Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend Groveport man confesses to murder of pregnant girlfriend
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback