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Widow: Pendant holding husband's ashes stolen in car burglary

Posted at 4:42 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 21:38:08-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - A car burglary led to more heartbreak for a grieving widow in Escondido after she discovered a priceless item missing.

Peter and Brunie LaBozzetta were high school sweethearts and soulmates. They were married for 37 years before Peter passed away from kidney issues and a chronic heart condition in February.

"It was very, very hard. He was my everything," said LaBozzetta.

In the depths of her grief, her future daughter-in-law gave her a gift, a silver pendant LaBozzetta filled with her husband's ashes. She hung it in her car. Peter was usually the navigator during a lifetime of drives together.

"He was my co-pilot, and I wanted that to continue,' said LaBozzetta.

Instead, the ride came to a halt Saturday afternoon in an apartment carport off Borden Road. She got in her car and immediately noticed the pendant was gone.

"Panic, scared, anger," said LaBozzetta.

The flurry of emotions was sparked by a car break-in. LaBozzetta believes she locked the car, but isn't sure. Also stolen was her husband's disabled parking placard, which she was about to return to the state DMV. But it's the theft of that something priceless that's left her reeling.

"I feet empty, like he should be here keeping me company," said LaBozzetta.

The bottom of the pendant contains a green peridot gem. If you have any information on the case, you're urged to call Escondido Police at 760-839-4722.