Items stolen from south St. Louis funeral home returned -

Items stolen from south St. Louis funeral home returned

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(KMOV) -- Mementos stolen from a funeral home in south St. Louis were returned by an unidentified person on Tuesday.

Tom Kutis of the Kutis Funeral Home told News 4's Lindsay Bramson all items taken from the casket of Leslie Granadillo were returned. The person who returned the items wished to remain anonymous. 

Granadillo's family asked News 4 for help not just because of the theft but because they think employees at the funeral home are responsible. The items taken were medallions, some locks of his hair and a book full of signatures from those at the funeral.

Granadillo, 48, died last week after battling prostate cancer. The funeral was Saturday and when family members went back Sunday to pick up some of his stuff, they found out it had been stolen.

“My sister and I come back to get flowers and mementos from the coffin and when we arrived the people at the funeral parlor told us someone had come on behalf of the family and picked up the flowers,” says Oliver Weaver.

 Except whoever it was, wasn’t family. Instead a stranger who lied was given the personal belongings. 

“Do you think they’re partially at fault? I think they’re completely at fault because apparently there’s no protocol. Anyone can say they’re with the family and take flowers,” said Weaver.

Employees at Kutis announced Tuesday morning that a reward of $1,000 would be given to the person who returned the items.

"There’s no monetary value to this," Weaver said, “It’s just treasure for two little boys who lost their father.”

As of Tuesday evening, the reward was not accepted by the person who returned Granadillo's things. The family and the funeral home have agreed no one will be prosecuted. 


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