A SICK burglar who stole an urn containing a dead pensioner’s ashes has been branded the ‘lowest of the low’.
The culprit, who is being hunted by police, swiped the urn containing the ashes of 80-year-old Doris Mason, who died two-and-a-half years ago.
Her devastated son Alan Mason, aged 55, discovered the break-in when he returned home from an evening shift as a security guard.
He said: “I feel as bad now as I did when my mum died,” he said.
“Whoever did this is the lowest of the low – how low do you have to sink to steal an urn?
“It was obvious what it was because it was right next to a picture of my mum.”
Mr Mason said his whole flat was completely ransacked.
The intruder also stole jewellery, cash and a television.
“I can’t describe how I feel. It is just going round and round in my head – I have lost interest in everything since this, to think that somebody would do this to me,” he said.
“The flat was a real mess – they had gone through absolutely everything, even the airing cupboard and my underwear. They smashed the drawers on my bed to pull them out too.
“Everything I work for has gone, I don’t think I will ever get over it.”
Alan lost five watches in the break-in, plus four rings and three bracelets.
Tins of loose change and £300 in notes in the flat on Queens Court, Queen Street, Chesterfield, were also taken.
The urn is 4ins tall and has a screw-on lid. It is silver with an engraved pattern design.
n Anyone with information about the urn or break-in between 3.45pm on January 14 and 10.50am the next day, should call Chesterfield Volume Crime Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.