SOCASTEE, S.C. (WBTW) — The owner of the Old Bull and Bush Pub and Eatery says a burglar took the ashes of a former employee and family member, along with a safe that an Horry County police report said contained between $3,000 and $5,000.

“It was incredibly heart breaking to learn that the ashes of our former employee and family member were stolen,” Raymond Horne told News13 on Tuesday. “Money is money, and will return tomorrow. But to lose our dear friend, it just cuts deeper. We hope the perpetrator has an ounce of decency and returns him home where he belongs.”

The robbery happened early Saturday morning at the business along Highway 17 Bypass, the police report said.

According to the report, one of the pub’s owners told police that they found the side door of the business had been pried open to unlock the door and that the safe was missing from the office.

In a Facebook post on Saturday afternoon, the restaurant alluded to possible connections to other burglaries at “neighborhood bars.” An Horry County police spokesperson said Tuesday that the investigation is continuing but that “there is no confirmed connection to other recent incidents.”

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