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ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A woman who lost her dad to cancer says she feels like she lost him again after a thief stole her backpack containing his ashes.

Amy Ernsberger says the incident happened after she parked outside Sweeney’s in St. Paul to meet her friend.

Before she walked inside, she placed her backpack inside her trunk. She thinks someone was watching, because when she came out, the window was broken, the seat down and her backpack gone.

“Before he had passed away, he had asked myself and my siblings to take him on adventures after he died,” Ernsberger said.

Her brothers have already taken him to South America and Africa. On Sunday, she was set to take him skydiving.

Now, she is hoping the thief has a heart and returns the only piece of her father she has left.

She says that the ashes are in a clear 6-inch cigar tube with a bumble bee on it.

St. Paul Police are cautioning the public that burglaries do go up in the summer months and drivers should take their valuables with them.

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