A Hamilton Township family is heartbroken after their house was burglarized and the cremated ashes of their pets were stolen.
Kathleen Sartorio moved out to the country and expected to have peace and quiet. Now says she feels violated after someone forced open her bedroom window and stole something that means the world to her.
"We had two wooden lock boxes about this size and that high and they had engraved on the lid bam bam and lucky. There were two, they were our two dogs that died several years ago," Sartorio said as she described the boxes.
Kathleen left to run some errands for about an hour on Monday and that's when she says someone went up her driveway and behind her house. One of the thieves distracted her large dogs while the other broke into her bedroom window.
"I feel very violated. I felt safe here," Sartorio said.
Now she says things aren't the same.
"I'm afraid at night. I don't want to go out and walk the dogs by myself," Sartorio added.
There was several hundred dollars in coins in the room. The thieves didn't touch that, just a box of inexpensive jewelry and the two boxes of cremated remains.
"It's very sad when you lose them and then for someone to steal them. I just don't understand how they can be so cold," Sartorio said.
Kathleen says she doesn't care so much about the few pieces of inexpensive jewelry that were stolen she simply wants those two small boxes of ashes that mean so much to her family. She says if you have them, you can return them no questions asked or simply leave them at the end of her driveway.
Hamilton Township police say there have been several burglaries in the Estell Manor section of the township, if you see anything out of the ordinary you are asked to call police.