UPDATE: The stolen items have been returned. Tuesday the funeral home put up a $1,000 reward for the return of the items, no questions asked. Someone turned them in, but refused the reward.
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The family of Leslie Granadillo can't believe someone would stoop so low. The 48-year-old father of two passed away on May 21st following a five-year battle with prostate cancer. When family members went to retrieve flowers and personal items from the funeral home, they were gone.
Christy Roberts is the sister of Granadillo`s widow. She says someone pretended to be family and took the items from the Kutis Funeral home at 2906 Gravois Rd. in St. Louis City.
"They said one of the workers was outside smoking and saw someone pull up to the trash can looking," explained Roberts. She said the dumpster-diver claimed to be looking for flowers from the funeral. Roberts says the worker invited the suspect inside to pick up the flowers and the rest of Granadillo's personal items.
"There was a memory book, a lock of hair, medallions that said loving father, loving husband and a cross," said Roberts. She said those items were going to be given to Granadillo`s two children, ages 11 and six.
She said the memory book was white and was inside a bag with the word Kutis on the side.
She is pleading for the suspect to return the items with no questions asked.
"It means nothing to you and there's no monetary value," said Roberts. "Just bring it back to someplace where we can get it back." She hopes the items will be returned to the funeral home.
Oliver Weaver is a brother to Granadillo's widow. He wants the funeral home to make changes so nothing like this happens again.
He also hopes people will look in dumpsters and trash cans for any sign of those treasured memories.
"We don't want anyone arrested," explained Weaver. "We just want to get this stuff back for my sister and her kids."
We contacted Kutis Funeral Home for a comment but was told no one was available.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police confirm there is an ongoing investigation into theft of property at the funeral home. A spokesperson for the department says a male subject claimed to be a friend or family member before taking the items.