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Florida burglar answer's parents plea, returns urn with ashes of their late son
Associated Press ^ | 01/10/07

Posted on 01/11/2007 8:13:25 AM PST by presidio9

Eve and Steven Greene made a simple plea to the burglar who broke into their house: keep the valuables but return the cremated remains of their four-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 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 US$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; Miscellaneous; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: ashes; burglar; couldntfencetheashes; crime; honoramongtheives

1 posted on 01/11/2007 8:13:28 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

honor among thieves?


2 posted on 01/11/2007 8:14:49 AM PST by peyton randolph (No man knows the day nor the hour of The Coming of The Great White Handkerchief.)
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To: peyton randolph

My thought eaxctly.


3 posted on 01/11/2007 8:15:39 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Saddam is Dead! Bush's Fault. [Pray for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub.])
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To: peyton randolph; NonValueAdded

Only because the urn didn't have any monetary value. I hope he left prints on it.


4 posted on 01/11/2007 8:18:30 AM PST by presidio9 (It's "news" that New Jersey smells bad?)
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To: presidio9

Maybe they should waited in the bushes with a shotgun.


5 posted on 01/11/2007 8:18:31 AM PST by Lusis
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To: presidio9

Oldie but goodie.

6 posted on 01/11/2007 8:20:47 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: presidio9

"Only because the urn didn't have any monetary value. I hope he left prints on it."

The article didn't say he left the urn, only the ashes.


7 posted on 01/11/2007 8:21:58 AM PST by monday
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To: presidio9

It's stories such as these that give me hope for the rest of us.


8 posted on 01/11/2007 8:23:04 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: monday
"Someone left the urn containing the ashes of Zachary Greene at the end of the Greenes' driveway Wednesday morning, two days after it was taken in a burglary."
9 posted on 01/11/2007 8:26:30 AM PST by presidio9 (It's "news" that New Jersey smells bad?)
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To: monday

Someone left the urn containing the ashes of Zachary Greene at the end of the Greenes' driveway Wednesday morning,


10 posted on 01/11/2007 8:58:16 AM PST by Millicent_Hornswaggle (Retired US Marine wife)
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To: presidio9

Urns can be pretty expensive.


11 posted on 01/11/2007 9:26:56 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Okay, but where does one fence an urn? "Would you like to buy this urn? I decided to use my mother's ashes for fertilizer."


12 posted on 01/11/2007 9:28:39 AM PST by presidio9 (It's "news" that New Jersey smells bad?)
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To: presidio9
Okay, but where does one fence an urn?

I don't know. Why did he steal what he probably thought was a decorative vase in the first place? Who knows, most criminals are dumb anyway.

13 posted on 01/11/2007 9:33:56 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: presidio9

I know I shouldn't give this scumbag robber kudos, but I'm gonna do it anyway. Looks like he's still got a eensy-weensy bit of heart left in him.

Maybe in a few days time he'll got the whole 9 yards and turn himself (and the stolen items) in to the police.


14 posted on 01/11/2007 9:53:41 AM PST by HanneyBean
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To: presidio9
I found it heartbreaking that their 4-year old son died. (My son happens to be 4.) And the poor baby's Play-Dough fire engine on the mantel really got to me.
15 posted on 01/11/2007 12:19:22 PM PST by Scarpetta (e pluribus victim)
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To: 1rudeboy
It's stories such as these that give me hope for the rest of us.

How to steal $10,000 and still win admiration from some people? The guy is a scumbag, plain and simple.

16 posted on 01/11/2007 12:43:32 PM PST by presidio9 (It's "news" that New Jersey smells bad?)
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To: presidio9

This guy obviously doesn't know how to urn a living.


17 posted on 01/11/2007 12:55:33 PM PST by xroadie
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To: xroadie

Don't be such an ash hole.


18 posted on 01/11/2007 1:13:40 PM PST by presidio9 (It's "news" that New Jersey smells bad?)
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To: presidio9

I know, I know..this is a very grave matter


19 posted on 01/11/2007 1:26:19 PM PST by xroadie
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To: xroadie

Still, you can help but wonder what drives a seemly compassionate individual into such a nefarious undertaking...


20 posted on 01/11/2007 1:31:51 PM PST by presidio9 (It's "news" that New Jersey smells bad?)
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To: presidio9

That remains to be seen. But you have hit this conundrum dead on.


21 posted on 01/11/2007 1:38:50 PM PST by xroadie
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To: xroadie

Really? I felt that my responses were beginning to get a bit stiff.


22 posted on 01/11/2007 1:48:01 PM PST by presidio9 (It's "news" that New Jersey smells bad?)
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To: presidio9

I was dying to hear your reply.


23 posted on 01/11/2007 4:41:02 PM PST by xroadie
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To: xroadie; presidio9; martin_fierro; pissant

You boys are having entirely too much fun with this. To get your attention, you need to encounter a female who is drop-dead gorgeous.


24 posted on 01/12/2007 6:10:28 AM PST by Froufrou
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