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San Marino Burglars Steal Jewelry, Dead Husband's Ashes

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Burglars broke into the home of Mary Jean Lynberg last Wednesday ransacking the bedroom, tearing out the closets looking for wall safes and taking off with valuables like jewelry, and her deceased husband. Charles A. Lynberg died of cancer three years ago leaving his wife alone in their house of 25 years; his cremated ashes now taking up residency in a heavy urn protected by a dark cherry wood box, about 6.25 inches high, 11 inches wide, 8 inches deep with a 12-inch-wide base and non-removable top. Lynberg suspects the box was mistaken for jewelry.

Police said the burglary is typical of a countywide trend,reports the Pasadena Star News, noting many burglars, enter through the back of the house or open/broken windows.

Mary Jean Lynchberg is currently in treatment for a recurring cancer and holds out narrow hope that someone will find and return her husband -- the couple had discussed spreading their ashes together after their deaths. States Lynberg, "I won't have much peace of mind until I realize where my husband's ashes are. I just want the ashes back, the rest of it I don't care."