Carol Lalonde holds up a similar urn to the one stolen from her home on Christmas Eve.

Crooks stealing ashes of deceased

Local families are not just being robbed of electronics

She took out the hockey puck-shaped container that held her husband’s ashes, and had a short talk with him on Christmas Eve.

The army veteran and life-long hockey fan died last year, and Delta’s Carol Lalonde still misses her husband of 58 years.

After returning from a dinner at her daughter’s, she found her home in the 7800 block of 119 Street had been ransacked.

Her laptop, monitor, TV, jewelry and her husband’s remains were gone.

Carol, who is legally blind, started to cry.

“Why would they take that?” she asked.

She’s asking whoever took it to return her husband’s remains, no questions asked.

“They can drop it off at the police station, they can drop it off at a church, I’m not going to ask any questions,” Lalonde said.

The urn is described as a puck-shaped silver box with engraving “Babe LRL- 30-11-33 – 28-10-10.”

Delta police believe the person who stole it may not have known the significance of what they took.

“At this point if the suspect wants to have someone else drop the urn off, it would be without questions, as the most important thing is to get the urn back to the family where it belongs,” Delta police said in a release. “This will ultimately provide them with the peace of mind of knowing where their loved one is resting.”

It’s the second such theft over the holidays.

On Christmas night, Trevis and Lindsay McGuire’s Surrey home was robbed, with similar electronics taken.

On cleaning up the home, Lindsay discovered that her father’s ashes, as well as her aunt’s, were missing.

A week prior to these thefts, a Langley man also spoke out when the ashes of his girlfriend were stolen in a robbery.

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