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Burglar Steals Ashes Of Retired Hope Mills Police Dog

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Hope Mills police officer wants a robber to return a certain item that was stolen from his house.

Besides stealing a couple of rifles, rare coins and some cash, a thief walked away with a box of ashes that belonged to Hope Mills police officer Maurice Perez's former K-9 partner, Sonja.

When Sonja died in 1999, Perez kept her ashes in a box with her name on it.

Perez said he does not care about the coins or the cash, but he want to have Sonja's ashes back. He said he is afraid whoever stole the box thought it was something valuable, and when the thief realized it was a box of ashes, it may have been thrown out.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Hope Mills Police Department.