‘We Think the Intruders Thought it Was an Expensive Bottle of Whisky’: Family Devastated After Urn Holding Their Mother’s Ashes Stolen in Theft Mix-Up
Two siblings have been left without the ashes of their mother after mixed-up thieves appear to have stolen the cremains after mistaking the urn for a bottle of whisky.
Stephen Burgess, 37, evacuated his residence in Paisley, Scotland, after a fire broke out at a neighboring property. On Jan. 20, while Burgess was staying with a friend after evacuating, his apartment was allegedly broken into, according to the Daily Express.
The mother, Isobel, died at 56 in July 2021.
“My mum’s ashes were sitting on Stephen’s living room shelf, it was like a shrine to her and there were photos of her everywhere,” Isobel’s other son, Gari, said, according to the Daily Express. “The urn had stars and a moon on it, and we think the intruders thought it was an expensive bottle of whisky because the box was shaped like a bottle tube and had a special design.”
Other items were stolen from Burgess’ apartment, as well. To make matters worse, Gari told the Daily Express that Burgess will have to move to a new property since the fire “burnt out many of the flats” at the complex.
“We are absolutely heartbroken,” Gari said. “Our mum was everything to us and this just feels like we are re-living the nightmare of having her taken from us all over again.”
Scottish police are investigating the break-in.
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