A Sydney family is searching for answers after a pot plant was stolen that contained something much more valuable than a shrub.
In a handwritten sign pleading for the return of the pot, the owner explained that it contained the ashes of their mother.
“In the plant you stole are my mother’s remains. Could I please have her back?” the sign says.
The sign was erected outside a home in Campbelltown, in the city’s south west, and was spotted by a local resident who drove past it on the way to her son’s school.
Jaime-Lee Sutton, 32, said she was “heartbroken” and moved to tears to read of the person’s devastating loss.
“I know what it’s like to lose a loved one, especially a parent as I’ve lost my dad, so I could only imagine what it would be like losing their remains,” Ms Sutton told Yahoo News Australia.
The mum-of-three regularly drives past the home and believes the theft happened recently as the sign only appeared this week.
Ms Sutton shared the photo to a local community group in the hopes the plant will be found.
While she said feels safe in her community, she admits the incident has caused her faith in humanity to waver.
“Very disappointed in humanity right now as it seems that you can’t even display a plant out the front without the risk of it being stolen,” she said.
"I’m hoping by sharing this photo we can get the remains home where they belong.”
Facebook users disturbed by shocking act
Ms Sutton's post on Facebook was met with similar sentiments, with many calling the thief a "scumbag" and a "low life".
"This is so sad," one woman wrote.
"I can't believe some people," another said.
One Facebook user said she "felt sick" reading the sign, while others pleaded for the person responsible to return the plant.
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