NEW: Reward Offered To Catch Crooks Who Stole Urn, Other Belongings

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

"That's all I have. That's all I want back."

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Bob Herrle said an urn containing the ashes of his late wife was stolen Sunday. As 11 News reported the theft Monday, there has been an out pouring of support, but the urn is still missing.

Herrle's daughter, Holly Meyer, sent 11 News a picture of the mahogany-colored urn. From California, Meyer is making a plea for her mother's ashes to be returned. "We don't want anything else back," she said. "You can do it anonymously, just do the right thing."

It was around 12:20 p.m. Sunday, when the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received a burglary report in the 14000 block of Delwood Drive, in Black Forest.

Bob Herrle had left for church around 9 a.m. and when he returned home, found a rear-door open and several items had been stolen, including the urn with his wife's ashes inside.

"I couldn't imagine why somebody would take that," Herrle said. "They're not just ashes, they're her."

The urn is described as a 10-by-10-by-8 inch red mahogany-colored box. Herrle thinks the crooks may have thought the urn was a jewelry box.

"It's a pretty box," Meyer said. "It doesn't have any markings on it, it doesn't say anything."

Herrle told 11 News that he and his wife, Terry, had planned on putting their ashes together when both of them passed away.

"I know where she is, and I know I'll be there someday soon, but in the meanwhile that's all I have," Herrle said. "That's all I want back."

Earlier that morning, investigators say the two other reports came in. The first report came in around 9 a.m. It was a call about an attempted burglary in the 14000 block of Spiritwood Loop.

About 45 minutes later, a burglary was reported in the 14000 block of Delwood Drive, just blocks away from the Spiritwood Loop address.
The victim was asleep in the home and heard two men upstairs before the burglars got away with several of the victim's belongings.

The same vehicle, a silver sport utility vehicle with license plate number 665-UXF, was seen at both burglary addresses. This plate is associated with a silver Honda Pilot which was reported stolen in Colorado Springs on January 4, 2011.

Two white men in their twenties wearing blue jeans were seen in the car. One of the men was wearing a white hoodie and a black baseball cap.

The sheriff's office is specifically sending out a plea that the urn be taken somewhere and turned in, even if anonymously. It could be taken to a fire station or other public location to be returned.

Herrle's neighbor, another burglary victim, announced Tuesday that he is putting up a $1,500 reward to help catch the thieves.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555. Anonymous tips can also be left with Crime Stoppers, 634-STOP.

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