Thieves steal nearly everything, grandfather’s ashes, from Colorado Springs family

Thieves steal nearly everything, grandfather’s ashes, from Colorado Springs family
These items were stolen from a Colorado Springs storage unit, including the ashes of a family member. (Source: Tia Marie Johnson)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV/Gray News) - While in the process of moving, nearly everything that belongs to Tia Marie Johnson and her family was in a Colorado Springs storage unit.

This past week, criminals broke in and took almost every item, including her grandfather’s ashes.

The crime happened Thursday night at about 9:30 at a storage unit off Pikes Peak Avenue and North Academy Boulevard. Johnson said the act was caught on camera, but the storage unit’s manager is not returning calls from KKTV News requesting to share it with the public.

Johnson said the criminals used a U-Haul truck to commit the crime after breaking the lock on her storage unit.

Although they had insurance, it only covers about $2,000 of the $7,000 worth of items stolen. Some of the items are priceless to Johnson.

“I actually collapsed crying because that was like everything we had accomplished in the last four years that we’ve been together,” she said.

Johnson just had a wedding. Among the items stolen: wedding gifts, her children's toys, personal information, Social Security cards and bridal shower gifts.

If anyone has any information on this crime, you're asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000 and reference case number 19-30096. Some of the items stolen are pictured at the top of this article.

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