November 30, 2010
Tuesday morning, we ran an image not soon forgotten: Line Burns holding a mini-Stanley Cup that contained the ashes of her late husband and NHL coaching legend Pat Burns, at his funeral in Montreal.
She had supported him as he battled cancer for the better part of a decade; on Monday, she and the hockey world said their sad goodbyes.
Which makes the following news simply heart wrenching: Line Burns' car was broken into sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to police. From the CP:
Police said the thieves would have known whose belongings they were stealing when they ransacked Line Burns' car, taking about 30 autographed hockey sweaters from Burns' personal collection.
"They went through his stuff," said Constable Anie Lemieux of the Montreal police, noting Burns' wallet was in the car. "The person who left with the shirts and everything knows that this is Pat Burns' stuff."
According to police, "the stolen items included two suitcases containing Burns' and his wife's clothes, a Movado men's watch, family photos, bed sheets from the palliative-care unit, an iPad and jewelry."
Condolences to the Burns family, and wishes of swift justice for the perpetrator(s). Stealing family photos after a funeral ... disgusting.
Police are asking anyone with information, or anyone who might spot the items on a classified ad website or in a pawn shop, to call their confidential Infocrime line at 514-393-1133.
The thief, or thieves, are also being encouraged to call the line, Lemieux added. They can set up a drop-off point for the items, and no questions will be asked.