Victim: Burglar smoked my wife’s ashes

The thief also stole some 15 other items

CITRONELLE, Ala. (WALA) – A Vietnam War veteran is speaking out exclusively to FOX10 News after he claims a burglar broke into his home and smoked the ashes of his deceased wife.

Last week, Citronelle resident and Vietnam Vet, Phillip McMullen, went out of town to stay with some friends. While he was gone, he said the unspeakable happened.
“(The burglar) 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,” McMullen said, “I guess they figured out this stuff ain’t worth smoking, so they threw it up underneath one of my toolboxes.”
McMullen said he thinks the burglar thought the ashes were drugs, since the ashes were kept in a plastic 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 (did) that though,” said McMullen.

“It makes me want to fight again,” victim says

McMullen said he and his wife were married for 22 years, and now, he’s hoping the burglar will be caught, so justice can be served.

The burglar was able to break in McMullen’s house through a window, the victim told FOX10. Once inside, the thief stole some 15 items, according to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, including a generator, chainsaw, knife and fishing rods and reels. McMullen said he was furious when he first saw what happened.
“It’s hard to put in words, it makes me want to fight again, and I don’t like to fight,” said McMullen. “I don’t know if God will forgive them for what they’ve done or not.”
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,” said Lori Myles, with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, “and if we do prove that he has tampered with this urn, there will be additional charges, such as desecration of a grave.”

Sheriff’s officials say the burglar is still at large, and they need your help to find the thief. If you know anything about this crime, call the sheriff’s office at (251) 574-2423.

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