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Man's mother's ashes stolen during burglary

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 21 2013 09:02:31 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 21 2013 10:59:27 PM CST

Ashes stolen during burglary

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A Bethlehem man says he feels violated after someone broke into his house. The robbers grabbed valuables, but may not believe what else they got away with.

Jeffrey Kleckner has been making pottery for about 30 years.

"I enjoy the work, I enjoy making things," he explained.

But Wednesday night he had some unexpected visitors inside his Bethlehem studio.

"The window was ajar, so I assumed that someone had broken in."

While Kleckner was out, someone had busted through his basement window. The crooks stole some jewelry from a dresser drawer, a small television, and a desktop iMac computer.

"I can't function professionally without that," Kleckner explained.
They also grabbed something that can't be replaced.

"A bit later I discovered that my mother's ashes were missing as well."

Kleckner's mother Elizabeth passed away in 2009, and his father Robert died just last year. Kleckner kept his mother's ashes in his closet, right next to his father's ashes. He says they were in a plastic urn inside a bag.

"Boy I didn't know what to think, I really didn't."

Kleckner says he just wants this belongings, and his mother back.

"You know, when you find yourself in this situation, you just feel so violated."

If you know anything about this crime, please call Bethlehem Police at 610-865-7187.