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Thief Returns Child's Cremated Remains
ClickonDetroit ^ | January 11, 2007 | AP

Posted on 01/11/2007 6:07:15 AM PST by ShadowDancer

Thief Returns Child's Cremated Remains

Burglar Stole Valuables, Boy's Ashes

POSTED: 6:52 am EST January 11, 2007

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Eve and Steven Greene made a simple plea to the burglar who broke into their house: Keep the valuables. Return the cremated remains of their 4-year-old son.

"Just drop it off somewhere with a note on it," Steven Greene said. "And that'll be that."

It worked.

Someone left the urn containing the ashes of 4-year-old Zachary Greene at the end of the Greenes' driveway Wednesday morning, two days after it was taken in a burglary.

Police said a burglar broke into the home, snacked on Cheerios and tracked mud all over the house as he filled pillowcases with about $10,000 worth of valuables -- and Zachary's ashes.

Zachary died of cancer in 2005. His parents kept the urn above their fireplace next to a Play Doh fire truck Zachary made before he died.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Florida
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1 posted on 01/11/2007 6:07:15 AM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: ShadowDancer

A thief who watches the news AND has something of a conscience. Who knew?


2 posted on 01/11/2007 6:09:23 AM PST by dmz
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To: dmz
While in San Francisco, my sister had her wallet stolen out of her purse by a pickpocket thief.

About a week later, she was amazed to receive a package containing her wallet in the mail. It still had all of her important items (drivers license, credit cards, pictures, etc). Only the money (much more than she should have been carrying) was gone.

The thief had taken the time to mail the package to the address on her drivers license.
3 posted on 01/11/2007 6:27:11 AM PST by Dr._Joseph_Warren
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To: ShadowDancer
snacked on Cheerios and tracked mud all over the house

Any thief who likes Cheerios has to be a decent guy. And, it has to be a man because a woman thief would never have tracked mud all over the house.

Great story.

4 posted on 01/11/2007 6:32:44 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Dr._Joseph_Warren
The thief had taken the time to mail the package to the address on her drivers license.

Maybe not. I had almost the exact same thing happen to me a while back (except my wallet likely fell out of my bag and was not actually stolen). The postman who delivered the package told me that someone probably found the wallet and dropped it off at the nearest post office.

5 posted on 01/11/2007 6:40:12 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: dmz
A thief who watches the news

The local newscast is always popular at the county jail. Inmates watch to see if they or their buds made the news.

6 posted on 01/11/2007 6:40:25 AM PST by muggs
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To: muggs

I wonder if more like watch the news to see who has a reward leading to the arrest of....
one of their buds.

Need money on their books.


7 posted on 01/11/2007 6:53:32 AM PST by Global2010 ( I am just ole Lab dog with my head stickin' out the window and my ears a flappin' in the wind.)
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To: Alberta's Child

My sister-in-law had her wallet stolen. The thief took the money and threw the wallet in the mail box. The post office returned her wallet.


8 posted on 01/11/2007 7:08:30 AM PST by toothfairy86
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To: Global2010

I never thought of that but you are probably right.


9 posted on 01/11/2007 7:22:34 AM PST by muggs
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To: Alberta's Child

Found a wallet once. Destroyed the CCs and called the owner to tell him I had done so and would drop the wallet in the mail. He told me to keep the money. I did.


10 posted on 01/11/2007 7:43:04 AM PST by Roccus (Able Danger??? What's an Able Danger????)
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To: ShadowDancer
"Just drop it off somewhere with a note on it," Steven Greene said. "And that'll be that."

It worked.

It worked, more likely than not, because it is rather difficult to fence cremated human remains.

Maybe the guy has a heart, who knows...but breaking into someone's house and taking their stuff tends to say that he doesn't have much of one.

11 posted on 01/11/2007 8:05:45 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Dr._Joseph_Warren
The thief had taken the time to mail the package to the address on her drivers license.

Was he kind enough to put his return address on the package, so that your sister could send a thank you note (you know, one that's wrapped in blue)?

12 posted on 01/11/2007 8:07:09 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: toothfairy86
My sister-in-law had her wallet stolen. The thief took the money and threw the wallet in the mail box. The post office returned her wallet.

Yup, that's standard practice for a pickpocket. Take the wallet, remove the cash, and dump the wallet in a mail box all in the span of about 30 seconds.
13 posted on 01/11/2007 8:09:25 AM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Roccus
Found a wallet once.

So did I, at lunchtime in tree planter in the middle of Manhattan. I felt sleazy opening it up back at the office (with a friend who was with me at the time), but I got the lady's home address, looked up her number and left a message. An hour later I got a phone call from her, and she picked it up about 1/2 hour after that. She got all of her cash, credit cards and papers back...and I felt pretty good about helping her out.

I guess that I'd make a pretty rotten thief.

14 posted on 01/11/2007 8:11:08 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Roccus

Me three. The wallet I found was laying in the street, with driver's license, etc., all in it, though the cash was gone. The man it belonged to lived nearby, so I walked over to his apartment and gave it to his wife, but it felt kind of awkward talking to her because I think she thought I had taken the money. If I were in her place I guess I'd suspect the same.


15 posted on 01/11/2007 8:18:47 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: Ancesthntr

I found a woman's wallett once in a very rotten neighborhood. I gathered up all the papers and cards that were strewn around but left the wallet as it was muddy and torn up. When I called her, she got real snotty that I left the wallet behind.

Nice guy that I am, I retrieved the wallet the next day.

Didn't get much of a thanks from her.

But, a while later I found a full diaper bag. The owner gave me $75 for returning it. (I tried to not accept it)


16 posted on 01/11/2007 8:19:56 AM PST by cyclotic (Support Cub Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: Ancesthntr

We were on our way to church one Sunday with our jedis and when we got there we found that the service had already started (it was a special Christmas service). We hated it but rather than barge in, we decided to go back home.

On the way home, we found an entire purse in the middle of the road! We stopped, gathered up all the belongings and put it back into the purse and when I looked in the wallet, it was packed with cash and had a driver's license. The address showed a house nearby and I figured out that the lady had likely put the purse on her car and it fell off when she turned onto the street.

So we drove back down the street to the address and drove up just in time to see a woman running hysterically out of her house! I rolled down my window and said "Did you loose something?" and held up her purse. She was SO relieved! Just as I thought, she had sat it on her car.

She tried to give us ten dollars but we wouldn't take it. The good feeling was our reward. I felt like it was a good day...even though we missed church.


17 posted on 01/11/2007 8:22:57 AM PST by 2Jedismom (http://kimsbug.blogspot.com/)
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To: dmz; Victoria Delsoul

A thief isn't necessarily an amoral person. They know the rules, they just make the decision to break them for a short term gain. So they could have a sense of right and wrong, it's just that they vote for 'wrong' more often than not.

Thieves also tend to not be killers, traditionally. Well, that was the old guideline, anyway. They also tend to hate confrontation and go to great lengths to avoid it.

An old slogan was "I'm a thief, but not a rat." They have a moral code, as strange at is it.

It's really not that surprising to me that a professional thief would return the item to the folks.


18 posted on 01/11/2007 8:23:44 AM PST by HitmanLV (Rock, Rock, Rock and Rollergames! Rockin' & Rolling, Rockin' with Rollergames!)
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To: HitmanLV

It's really not that surprising to me that a professional thief would return the item to the folks.
______

A cheerio eating, muddy shoeprint leaving thief sounds more like a druggie than a pro, which actually makes sense to me in this context, he just wants stuff that can be converted to cash.

Even druggies have hearts :)


19 posted on 01/11/2007 8:32:02 AM PST by dmz
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To: dmz

That's certainly true, too.


20 posted on 01/11/2007 8:33:13 AM PST by HitmanLV (Rock, Rock, Rock and Rollergames! Rockin' & Rolling, Rockin' with Rollergames!)
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To: ShadowDancer

A thief with a heart. A nice oxymoron.


21 posted on 01/11/2007 8:34:21 AM PST by Minuteman23
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To: Ancesthntr
Was he kind enough to put his return address on the package, so that your sister could send a thank you note (you know, one that's wrapped in blue)?

ROTFLMAO!

22 posted on 01/11/2007 8:36:09 AM PST by Minuteman23
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To: Dr._Joseph_Warren

When I was a garbage man in Portland, I found a woman's wallet which had her drivers license, credit cards, address book, and personal pictures. I called a couple of the numbers from her address book and finally got in touch with her. She came and picked up her stuff and gave me $40 for my trouble. That was nice because it was Christmas time and I used the money to buy my (then) girlfriend a $250 gore-tex jacket. That girlfriend has been my wife for almost 9 years now. It's all about the Karma.


23 posted on 01/11/2007 8:45:11 AM PST by Tailback
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To: Alberta's Child
>>The thief had taken the time to mail the package to the address on her drivers license.

Maybe not. I had almost the exact same thing happen to me a while back (except my wallet likely fell out of my bag and was not actually stolen). The postman who delivered the package told me that someone probably found the wallet and dropped it off at the nearest post office.

Actually, she knows exactly when it was stolen. Pretty slick operation. The thieves were two people working together. She was waiting for a city bus with several other people. When the bus arrived, one of them made sure to get in front of her while the other was behind her. They planned it so that when she was standing on the steps, the front guy caused a hold up at the top by complaining to the driver that all he had was a twenty. Naturally, a bus driver is not going to break a twenty. The stall allowed enough time and opportunity for the guy behind her to get wallet out of her bag. The front guy then gets off the bus, the back guy never gets on the bus, and my sister realized what had happened only after the bus had started down the road.

24 posted on 01/11/2007 10:18:24 AM PST by Dr._Joseph_Warren
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To: Tailback
When I was a garbage man in Portland, I found a woman's wallet which had her drivers license, credit cards, address book, and personal pictures. I called a couple of the numbers from her address book and finally got in touch with her. She came and picked up her stuff and gave me $40 for my trouble. That was nice because it was Christmas time and I used the money to buy my (then) girlfriend a $250 gore-tex jacket. That girlfriend has been my wife for almost 9 years now. It's all about the Karma.

There's a joke in there somewhere...

25 posted on 01/11/2007 3:44:24 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Dr._Joseph_Warren

The story of your sisters experience just reminded me of something. As I pulled into a convenience store I saw something fall off of a car just exiting the parking lot. When I got out of my car I walked over and picked the object up and discovered it was a wallet. When I got home I looked inside and found a phone number and called. A few days later a woman came to my house to pick up the wallet. She quickly looked inside and demanded to know where the $100. dollar bill that she had hidden inside. I did not take ANYTHING out of her wallet so if there had been $100. in there it would STILL have been in there, because no one had touched the wallet but me. I was so angry at her accusation that I told her to get off my $%^&*( 'n porch. From that little incident I realized the truth that no good deed goes unpunished. $%^&*(# b*tch!


26 posted on 01/11/2007 4:02:02 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Tailback; All
I found a cellphone in the street. Scrolled through the directory, found a name that popped up a bunch, and called it, and got a woman on the line. Her husband had lost the phone, and was very glad to hear from me, since all her husband's contacts were on it. Turned out hubby was a chef at a very upscale restaurant, and I got a gift card for returning the phone. Went out w/ Mrs. Othniel and had a great dinner. The bill was 50 cents shy of what the card was.
27 posted on 01/11/2007 4:14:02 PM PST by Othniel (Mohammad: False Prophet and Smeghead Deluxe....)
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To: SpringheelJack
Me three.

Me four. On John Street in Manhattan. Still had the money in it so she must have just dropped it. She worked a block away and was calling me a saint when I returned it to her. I'm not quite a saint. :-)

28 posted on 01/11/2007 4:15:09 PM PST by decimon
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To: cyclotic
But, a while later I found a full diaper bag. The owner gave me $75 for returning it. (I tried to not accept it)

Almost makes up for the doofus who stole my son's diaper bag. I was upset about the money in it being stolen, but would have lived with that if they had left everything else. My son's favorite blue bunny that his brother won for him was in it.

29 posted on 01/11/2007 4:22:36 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: HungarianGypsy

The bag we found was chok-full of stuff. We traced the owner through a prescription. Her husband called and told us that she was furious with herself. He said that she was a NASA scientist and was not used to making mistakes.


30 posted on 01/12/2007 5:38:01 AM PST by cyclotic (Support Cub Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: ShadowDancer

I'm so glad he returned the urn.

I was just reading that someone had broken into a home and stole all the videos that a mother left to her son before she died. I am praying that they are returned as well.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,243266,00.html


31 posted on 01/12/2007 6:42:56 AM PST by sasha123
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