A MAN has been left devastated after thieves stole an urn containing his dead mother’s ashes during a house burglary.
Alan Mason, came home after working a night shift to discover his house had been ransacked.
The urn, which contained the ashes of Alan’s mother Doris who died two and a half years ago, was taken along with jewellery, watches, a television and cash.
“I haven’t been able to sleep since,” he said. “I feel just like when my mother died.”
Alan added: “It’s only a little urn and it’s not worth anything to anyone else.
“They might have thought it was made of silver but obviously they would have known what it was as it was next to my mother’s photo.”
The break-in took place between 3.45pm on Saturday, January 14 and 11am the next day at the property on Queens Court, Chesterfield.
The urn is approximately four inches tall and has a screw on lid.
It is a silver colour with an engraved pattern design.
Alan, who works at Derby’s TC Harrison Ford Dealership, said thieves had also taken his prized collection of watches, a digital camera and smashed the drawers in his new bed.
His cat, who was in the house at the time of the break-in, has also been left traumatised by the attack.
He said: “It doesn’t feel like it’s my house any more.
“It feels weird to know they’ve been in here.
“My cat’s been in a right state since as well – he’s a nervous wreck.
“Usually when I come home he’s waiting for me at the door but he’s been hiding away.
“I don’t know what he went through.”
He added: “I work so many hours and do all these night shifts and everything I work for has been ruined.”
Det Ch Insp Steve Pont said: “It’s always upsetting to be the victim of a burglary, but I can only imagine how devastating it must be to have an item such as an urn taken.
“Detectives from the burglary unit are investigating the case and I would appeal for anyone with information to call police or Crimestoppers.
“If someone knows where the urn is, I would urge them to contact us or return the urn to a police station.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Chesterfield police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.