It was Thursday afternoon when single mother Johana Smith and her children were victimized by a brazen burglar. The thief not only stole money and electronics, but also took an urn containing the ashes of Smith's fiance and the father of her two kids.
On Thursday afternoon, Smith visited a neighbor who had recently had hip replacement surgery. When she returned home about an hour later, she realized her house had been burglarized.
Her purse, computer and jewelry box were gone, but then she noticed her most prized possession -- the urn -- was also missing.
"I looked over and I saw that the urn was gone and I just broke down and cried," she said.
Thomas Devine was just 49-years old when he was killed in a Monroe motorcycle accident in 2009. His daughter, 8-year-old Danika, said the only things she had to remember her dad by were a quilt made of his old clothing and his ashes.
"It made me feel angry and sad," Danika said.
The family's last hope is that someone -- either the thief or someone who's seen the urn -- will return the ashes.
"I know that when they figure out what it is they're just going to toss it," Smith said. "They're just going to toss it somewhere and that's what kills me."
While it's likely not worth much money to anyone else, Smith said it's invaluable to her and her children.
"It's worth everything," Smith said. "It's the most important thing I own."
The burglar also stole two silver bracelets made for the children after their father died. The bracelets also carried a small amount of Devine's ashes in their charms.
Anyone with information about he burglary or the urn are asked to call the police.