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Box filled with man's ashes stolen in Vancouver burglary

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver family is coping with having someone break into their home, and stealing a priceless item.

The Roger's family says the break-in happened on the 4000 block of NE 133rd Avenue on July 17th.

During the burglary, the family says someone stole a box filled with their loved ones ashes.

"It's been horrible, our whole lifestyle has changed," said Valerie Rogers, who had her home broken into.

For the last two weeks Rogers and her 15-year-old son, Cody, have been coping with losing something so valuable to them.

She says, while they went into Portland to do some work at a restaurant she owns, someone broke into her home.

When they got back a few hours later, they found a broken window, and part of their home ransacked.

"The front door was open, and our back door. A section of the back patio door had been smashed," said Rogers.

Rogers said the thieves skipped the electronics, and took some of her most sentimental items.

"They took jewelry my son had given me through many years of school. Things he made. Just many items that have no value whatsoever," said Rogers.

They also took her prescription medication, her wedding rings and a necklace that she kept to remember her late husband.

However; what really upset Rogers the most, was that the thieves took the box of ashes belonging to her husband, Dave, who passed away on Jan. 9, 2000.

"I don't know what kind of person does that. I don't know what their needs are, or what, or why they would do something like that," added Rogers.

Since the robbery, Rogers has taken extra steps to ensure her home is secure.

She's added a security system, and makes sure everything is always locked.

Despite the trauma of the break-in, Rogers and her son are still trying to cope with how to replace the irreplaceable.

"It's probably one of the darkest times in our lives, since losing Dave," said Rogers.

Rogers is hoping to get back, at the very least, the box with her husband's ashes.

If you have any information about this case or know anything about the stolen ashes, you're asked to call Vancouver police.

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