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Stolen moving truck found; ashes returned to family

Last Updated Jul 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm EDT

A stolen moving truck that held a woman’s ashes has been found in Brampton, and one man is in custody.

Peel police said Tuesday that the moving truck has been impounded and a 31-year-old man is facing a charge of possession of stolen property obtained by crime. The moving company will likely get the truck back later on Tuesday or on Wednesday.

Margareta Dovgal, who is moving from Ottawa to Vancouver, said it looks like most of her things are in the Budget truck, including her mother’s ashes. Dovgal, who is 21, said both of her parents have passed. The truck held not only her mother’s remains, but also irreplaceable family photos.

She said the truck was stolen in Scarborough on July 1 and she was notified on July 5.

“At first I thought it was a joke,” she told CityNews in a Skype interview.

“Everything that I had left of my parents, family photos, they’re all gone. And my mother’s ashes – you can’t replace that.”

The theft of cargo trucks is a growing problem, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Steve Kee, a spokesman for the agency, said these kinds of thefts need to be reported.

“Sometimes thieves … are looking for things that are easy to sell and get rid of,” Kee told CityNews.