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Thief steals brother's ashes in northern Kentucky car break-in

The car after the break-in (Provided) The car after the break-in (Provided)
COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) -

A family is searching for answers after a car break-in suspect stole an unlikely item earlier this week. 

Stacey Cox said cash, debit cards and clothes were in her boyfriend's car when someone busted through the vehicle window. 

But the suspect left those valuables behind and only took a box containing the ashes of her boyfriend's brother. 

“The ashes of his brother were sitting right there in the middle and a picture of his brother was sitting on top of it,” Cox said.

Mario Justin Oden was killed in an accident when Cox's boyfriend was 11-years-old. Her boyfriend wanted to stay close with his brother, so he kept Oden's ashes in the car, Cox said. 

“We actually went on vacation and Mario went with us. He likes to say I had my first beer with my brother or my brother rides around with me. It’s more of a sentimental thing” Cox said.

The car was left overnight in the parking lot of the Covington Tobacco Shop on 4th street. Cox checked with area businesses and could not locate any surveillance video that may have captured the car break-in. 

No one has been taken into custody and police do not have any suspects. 

The family is asking the suspect to return the stolen ashes - no questions asked. She said they could be dropped off at the Covington Police Station.

“We are not interested in why you did it. We are not concerned about the damage to the vehicle. Money is not an issue. We just want to bring Mario’s ashes home,” she said.

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