“They are worth nothing to anyone else, but they are priceless to us”: funeral memories stolen in broad daylight


A Winnipeg man wants a thief – who searched his unlocked vehicle in the middle of the day – to give him back some priceless mementos of his late parents.

Armand Brule says he and his wife were only in the Pembina Village Safeway for about 20 minutes around noon on Friday, but when they returned they noticed their car had been searched.

“In the trunk, my sister had just given me all the condolence cards and the dedication book from my parents’ dual funeral,” Brule said. “My dad passed away two years ago. We weren’t able to have a funeral for him due to COVID, we were just planning the funeral this summer when my mom passed away suddenly at the end of July. So we we had a double funeral for them on Monday.”

Brule says all the condolence cards and the funeral book of signatures are gone.

“I highly doubt there’s any money in it because they’re condolence cards so they’re worthless to anyone else, but they’re priceless to us,” he said. he declares. “I just hope they don’t throw them away carelessly, and maybe I can get them back somehow.”

He says that whatever was taken can be replaced, but he pleads for the funeral memories to be returned.

“I just want them back. I don’t care if you did, I don’t mind. I just want them back, that’s all,” Brule said. “If you care enough, let me know where they are and I’ll come get them.” I never need to see you. I just want them back, that’s all I ask.

Brule admits he forgot to lock the car doors before entering the store, but he’s still shocked at how quickly the brazen robbery happened in broad daylight.

He asks locals to be on the lookout for a black cloth Safeway bag.


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