Thief takes urn containing ashes of Honolulu police officer

HONOLULU — Police say a thief broke into a Honolulu home and made off with a brass urn containing the ashes of a retired police lieutenant.

KHON-TV reports Wednesday that Honolulu police are asking for help in recovering the urn engraved with Mark Kajiwara’s name.

Kajiwara died in 2012 at the age of 61. He served the police department for more than 30 years.

His sister Cynthia Kajiwara says the family is “just bewildered” as to why someone would steal the urn, noting that the ashes can’t be replaced.

Police Sgt. Chris Kim says the thief might be considering taking the urn to a metal recycling company.

Kim says these facilities have protocols requiring them to obtain information from the people selling items.

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Information from: KHON-TV, http://khon.com

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