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Posted at 3:20 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Widow of Pat Burns is robbed hours after his funeral in Montreal

By Cindy Boren

Line Burns, with a Stanley Cup replica urn, after her husband's funeral. (Montreal Gazette)

Montreal police are asking those responsible for stealing hockey memorabilia and other items from a car belonging to the widow of former NHL coach Pat Burns -- hours after Burns' funeral Monday in Montreal -- to return it.

On Tuesday morning, Line Burns awoke to discover that her car had been broken into overnight. Missing were about 30 autographed hockey sweaters, suitcases containing Burns' and his wife's clothes, a Movado men's watch, family photos, sheets from hospice, an iPad and jewelry. Burns, 58, died Nov. 19 of cancer.

"They went through his stuff," Constable Anie Lemieux of the Montreal police said. "The person who left with the shirts and everything knows that this is Pat Burns' stuff."

Police believe the crime was committed between midnight and 9 a.m. Tuesday. Burns' family and mourners had attended a wake at a bar Monday night. Police are asking those responsible or anyone with information to call a confidential line. Lemieux also says they'll arrange a drop-off of the items, with no questions asked.

The funeral had drawn the New Jersey Devils, whom Burns coached to the Stanley Cup in 2003, as well as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Quebec premier Jean Charest, Raymond Bourque, Patrick Roy, Tie Domi and Luc Robitaille.

By Cindy Boren  | November 30, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
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I certainly hope these stolen items are returned... but it's hard to feel a tremendous amount of sympathy for a family who made the decision to leave a car full of a small fortune in memorabilia, electronics and personal effects parked overnight in the heart of a major city. I know it's Canada, not the crime-ridden US of A, but that was a really poor decision.

Not trying to be hard-hearted about this. It's awful. But I'm cheesed off at the notion that somehow a grieving family (especially that of a celebrity!) should be exempt from a crime for which they provided the perfect opportunity.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 1, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

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