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Woman Says Purse Holding Husband’s Ashes, Blessed Rosary Stolen From Church

PLYMOUTH — A woman in Luzerne County is making a plea to whoever snatched her purse from a church. She says her purse was stolen from the sacristy sometim...
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PLYMOUTH -- A woman in Luzerne County is making a plea to whoever snatched her purse from a church. She says her purse was stolen from the sacristy sometime during Mass Saturday night.

“Getting back my husband's ashes. It was only a small urn!”

A distraught Theresa Bradley is pleading to the person who stole her purse from All Saints Church in Plymouth over the weekend: keep the cash, but return the irreplaceable items.

“Everything else that was in it, the cash, I don't care if they kept the cash. There was $65 in cash and some loose change,” said Theresa.

A parishioner of All Saints Church, Theresa was there for the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday where she serves as a Eucharistic minister.

“I set my purse on the bench, in the sacristy area, I put my alb on and then serving Mass. After mass, I came back,” said Theresa.

She discovered the purse gone, believed to be stolen.

Theresa filed a police report and her daughter posted pictures of the purse on Facebook.

She doesn't care about the purse. She just wants some of the items inside returned, no questions asked.

One item is her late mother's rosary blessed by Pope Paul VI.

“I lost my mother recently and that was something of hers.”

There was also a small urn holding some of her late husband's ashes.

“Part of my husband's ashes, which I can't replace that,” said Theresa. “That's so those two things because they're basically irreplaceable.”

Her daughter did find some of her mother's things like papers and prayer cards scattered along nearby Church Street.

She believes whoever took the purse was rifling through it as they left the church.

“Some of the paperwork had my mother's name on it and her handwriting so I knew it was hers, took some pictures of that, I did let the police know where I found it,” said daughter Megan Woolsey.

“It's not important to the person that took it. If they want the cash, I don't care if they keep the $65 in cash that was in the purse,” said Theresa.

Plymouth police confirm a report has been filed.

Theresa asks if anyone has surveillance cameras mounted outside their home or business near All Saints Church to check if they notice anything suspicious between 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturday.