An urn containing a woman’s ashes was stolen from a vehicle parked at a local hotel on Thursday, according to Warwick police.
The urn – round, silver in color and roughly palm-size – was taken from a black Mazda SUV with Virginia plates at the rear of the La Quinta Inn on Jefferson Boulevard between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., police said.
It had a cubic zirconia – a synthetic diamond – attached to the middle of the lid. No other items were taken from the vehicle.
Police said the victim had attended his grandmother’s funeral earlier on Thursday, and was set to return the urn to his family the next day.
According to police, a silver 2001 Mazda with Rhode Island plates was seen driving in the parking lot of the Motel 6 – which is near the La Quinta Inn – during the same period of time as the theft, possibly checking for unlocked vehicles. A responding officer was unable to locate the Mazda.
Police said similar larcenies from vehicles parked at hotels in the Jefferson Boulevard area have occurred over roughly the last month. It is believed the person or persons behind those thefts is responsible for stealing the urn.
“The thief may not realize what he stole and may attempt to discard or pawn the item,” reads a statement from Warwick Police Maj. Raymond E. Gallucci Jr. “The family requests that the individual responsible please advise someone of its location so the urn and its contents can be returned safely.”
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Warwick Police Department Detective Division at 401-468-4233.