Surrey thieves make off with mom’s ashes

Newton woman was uninsured when her home was broken into

The thieves who stole much of Heather Erskine’s earthly belongings, also stole the ashes of her mother.

Erskine, who ekes an existence on social assistance, was uninsured for the approximate $4,000 worth of items stolen from her 14536 68 Ave. rental home on March 23.

They took a laptop, baseball equipment and clothing.

The also took a gold-coloured disc pendant containing the ashes of her mother, who died just over two years ago.

The disc wasn’t real gold, and would have been worthless to anyone else, Erskine says.

The following day, her son saw someone riding a bike while wearing his hat, which had also been stolen. Her son grabbed him, and after a tussle, the man in his 30s took off.

As he did, he left behind other stolen items, but there was still no sign of the ashes.

Police scoured the area, but found no perpetrator.

Erskine feels she’s out of options, and desperately wants her mother’s ashes back.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Erskine’s belongings, or who might have possession of her mother’s ashes, is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file number 2014-39694, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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