POSTED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 1:04am
Inglewood, CA (KTLA) — A woman was overwhelmed with grief after visiting her late husband's interment site on Father's Day, only to realize that a thief had stolen his wedding ring.
Cynthia Shaw, of Inglewood, was nearly inconsolable Monday as she spoke to KTLA about the theft of the priceless item from the locked memorial case where her husband's ashes are kept at Inglewood Park Cemetery.
"How could you? How could you?" she said, crying. "I mean, I don't care how badly you need money, there's some things that just shouldn't be desecrated.
Cynthia's husband, Wendell, suffered a fatal heart attack two years ago, just before his 54th birthday.
The woman and her teenage son visited the memorial case on Father's Day, and that's when they noticed the ring was gone.
The case can only be accessed by someone with a key, Shaw said. She also said she believed a cemetery groundskeeper may have stolen the ring.
The mausoleum -- where the case is housed -- is not equipped with surveillance cameras. Shaw met with police at the cemetery and filed a report.
Despite the fact that cemetery administrators are working with Shaw, she does not expect to see her husband's ring ever again.
"My husband's ring is irreplaceable to me," Shaw said. "I just can't believe somebody actually wants to grave-rob in this day and age."