Topeka man hopes for return of urn holding brother's ashes

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

An eastern Kansas man is hoping for the return of an urn containing his brother's ashes.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that someone broke into Gabe Bullard's car this week in Topeka. The 26-year-old says several items were stolen, including the small urn and an antique compass given to him by his uncle.

Bullard's brother, Chris, died in 2010 at the age of 29.

Family members say Bullard kept the urn in his vehicle as a way of taking his brother with him everywhere. The urn is small enough to fit in a person's hand and has even traveled to the Philippines and Tokyo.

Bullard's wife, Rica, says they filed a police report about the break-in and theft Tuesday evening.

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