SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Thieves ransacked through a elderly Sacramento woman’s home on Christmas Day, getting their hands on everything, even her loved one’s ashes, but she’s asking for only one thing back — her late husband’s wedding ring.

The happiest day of Lois Stevens’ life was marrying her one and only love, Frank.

“They were just the sweetest people you would ever meet,” said her granddaughter, Kim Stevens.

After more than half a century of marriage, Frank passed away and Lois tucked away his wedding ring in their home — until Christmas Day.

“It’s gone,” said Kim.

couple photo Thieves Sift Through Ashes, Steal Wedding Ring Of Womans Late Husband

The wedding ring of Lois Stevens' late husband, Frank, was among the items stolen when her house was burglarized on Christmas Day. (credit: CBS13)

While her grandmother was gone, crooks broke into her home, going through every cabinet, dresser and closet, stealing anything they could.

A computer, a TV, even family pictures, then they came back to stuff Lois’ van with stolen goods.

“It was packed,” Kim said.

The suspects even casually ate ice cream as they tried to hotwire the van but didn’t get away with that after the airbag deployed. Then the thieves showed just how heartless they are, sifting through ashes in urns to see if any valuables were stored there.

“This is my dad and my brother’s ashes,” Kim said. “My brother we lost in a car accident in 2002 and my dad died in May. The last 10 years my grandma’s lost my brother, my grandpa, my dad, her mom.”

And when she didn’t think her grandmother could lose anymore, she had to tell her her husband’s gold wedding ring may be lost forever.

“We’ve searched every inch of this house for it,” Kim said. “We can’t replace her security, her comfort, but the ring at least she can have that back. At least she could have one piece of him back.”

Kim said she’d be visiting area pawnshops, telling everyone she can to look out for the ring.

Comments (8)
  1. WisenCynical says:

    And then the newspaper does her one more injustice by telling everyone about what happened to this lady while making money on advertising to those who view it. Disgusting bottom feeders everywhere. Sifting through cremains for gold.. geez, we know these disgusting people exist, why must they make the newspaper? Is this news or just yet the rotten core of a peeled onion?

  2. gna says:

    Can you imagine what it would be like if our country was to undergo some sort of catastrophic disaster, and that everyone of us would have to conserve, and do without many things, and ration just the staples of everyday existence, like our fathers and mothers had to do during WW2 ?? Can you imagine what it would be like with all the the underhanded degenerate malcontents running around as they do today ? The kind of havoc they would cause the rest who were merely trying to survive? I can, and the result would not be pretty. . . . 😉

  3. nothingchanges says:

    It sounds like a drug addict family member to me, What a low life !

  4. rmcsticks says:

    get your guns ready , I did and will use it and sleep very well the next night.. trust me when I say break into my house or car and you will die…..

  5. PandoraSage says:

    Makes one wonder after reading this story if there are any people left that hold compassion in their Hearts. There have been so many sad stories in the news so much lately that it really does leave me wonder ~ where did all the good people go? What happened to them that there are so many cruel and heartless crimes committed without any thought of the impact to their victims and families.

    Well, my heart goes out to this lady because I know what it means to hold something of treasure from a lost loved one. Something you can never put a price on.

    I almost feel sorry for these crooks in a way, because it shows they probably have never experienced what REAL love is. I would like to think they would find it in their heart to return Frank’s wedding ring but sorry to say, you’ll probably have more luck at the pawn shops if they go that route.

    Blessings of comfort to yiou and I so do hope you find the ring!

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