Family Pleads for Return of Cremated Ashes Stolen From Minivan

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A Glendale family is pleading for the public’s help in finding their deceased family member’s ashes, which were stolen Sunday from their minivan.


The family of Lois LaRocco is pleading for the public’s help to find who stole her ashes.
(Courtesy of Lily LaRocco / October 2, 2013)

The family’s matriarch was 87-year-old Burbank resident Lois LaRocco, who died Aug. 28 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. She was cremated and her ashes were placed in an 8-inch-by-11-inch round navy blue leather urn.

The urn was concealed inside a bright purple velvet satchel.

Sometime after 10 p.m., thieves broke into the family’s minivan, which was parked outside their home in the 1200 block of Ruberta Avenue, and stole roughly $6,000 worth in valuables, including the urn.

Now the family is asking for the safe return of their loved one’s ashes.

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