CITRONELLE, Ala. - An Alabama man's home was broken into while he was out of town, and the homeowner believes the crook did more than just steal from him.
Last week, Citronelle resident Phillip McMullen went out of town to stay with some friends. While he was gone, he said the unspeakable happened.
"Ransacked my house, tried to break in my gun safe, which, they weren't able to, they even took my wife's ashes off my headboard, strewed them around, looked like they tried to smoke some of them or something. I guess they figured out this stuff ain't worth smoking, so they threw it up underneath one of my toolboxes," said McMullen.
He suspects the burglar thought it was drugs, since the ashes were kept in a box, rather than a metal urn.
"Tried it out to see if it was some kind of drugs, and I bet that was a nasty taste when they done that though," he said.
McMullen's front door was very securely locked. So when the burglar couldn't get through the door, they ended up breaking through a window. Once the thief got inside some 15 items were stolen, according to the mobile county sheriff's office, including a generator, chainsaw, and knife.
McMullen says he was furious when he first saw what had happened.
"It's hard to put in words, it makes me want to fight again, and I don't like to fight," he said.
McMullen said he and his wife were married for 22 years, and he hopes the burglar will be caught so justice can be served.
"I don't know if God will forgive them for what they've done or not," said McMullen.
Meanwhile, the Mobile County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation, and is hoping someone will do the right thing and turn the criminal in.
"If someone did something like this, that's just horrible, I mean it's so disrespectful and if we do prove that he has tampered with this urn, there will be additional charges, such as desecration of a grave," said Lori Myles with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office.