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SEA-TAC, Wash. -- A Sea-Tac family said someone broke into their home and stole several items, including the ashes of a loved one.

Debra, who did not want her last name published, said her late mother's ashes were stored in a pink, heart-shaped holder that sat inside a blue velvet box. On April 29th, she came home and found the box was missing along with video game equipment and a credit card.

King County Sheriff's Office detectives traced the stolen credit card to a Safeway in Renton. The credit card receipt showed someone purchased a thousand dollars worth of gift cards and a pack of condoms. Investigators received an extra clue thanks to the thief, who apparently did not want to miss out on any store discounts, because he used a Safeway club card registered in his name during the transaction.

One of our detectives was actually able to contact him through the information we obtained, said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office. He pretty much admitted that he had the stolen credit card, that he used it, and he said he could probably get the ashes back.

But that has not happened. Now a devastated daughter is bracing for her first Mother's Day without her mom, Sharon Palmer. Palmer passed away March 13th.

She was a pretty amazing woman. She battled cancer for about seven years, and fought it until the very end, said Debra.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the King County Sheriff's Office.
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