Police: Urn carrying woman's ashes stolen in Warwick

Anthony Pellon says someone stole an urn containing the ashes of his grandmother.

The last few days have been tough for Anthony Pellon and his sister, Danni.

On Thursday, they said goodbye to their grandmother Yolanda Ayala.

"She was diagnosed with cancer and fought through it as long as she could and passed recently on the 7th of August," Anthony Pellon said.

"She was a nice lady. She served in the U.S. Army until 1961. Nana YoYo is what she's known by," Danni Pellon said.

Before retiring, Ayala lived in Newport, where she raised her children.

The Pellons made the trip from Virginia for her funeral in Rhode Island.

Hours after the ceremony, Anthony Pellon had to deal with another blow. A small, silver urn containing the ashes of Ayala was stolen.

"Last night at 11:30 p.m. I went back outside to the car to grab something. The box that the urn was in was empty," he said. "I'd like to assume they definitely didn't know it was an urn."

The urn was stolen when Pellon and his sister were staying at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites in Warwick on Jefferson Boulevard.

Anthony Pellon said the urn had a cubic zirconia on top. The gem looks like a diamond.

Police said they are looking for a silver 2001 Mazda with Rhode Island registration that was reportedly driving around the parking lot of nearby hotel "possibly casing out unlocked motor vehicles."

Anthony Pellon said he just wants his grandmother's ashes returned.

"It would have just been a little piece that I would have had of her. We don't want to press any kind of charges of anything. We just want it back," Anthony Pellon said.

The family is now offering a $1,000 cash reward for the return of the urn.

Anyone with information is asked to call Warwick police.