Police plea for return of cremated ashes stolen in break-and-enter

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Stratford police are appealing for the return of ashes belonging to the husband and brother-in-law of a recent break-in victim in the city.

Police said the home on Ontario Street, between Waterloo and Front streets, was broken into some time between May 15 and May 22. A large amount of silver dishes, silverware and jewelry belonging to the victim were also taken

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The stolen ashes of the victim’s loved ones were inside two separate containers and had documentation from the funeral homes that would identify their contents.

The first set of ashes were inside a corrugated box that came from the crematorium, which was inside a burgundy cloth bag from Young Funeral Home with gold rope ties securing it closed.

The second set of ashes were from a funeral home in Michigan and were inside a plastic container, which was stored in a white L.L. Bean canvass bag. Two smaller containers with the ashes of two pets were stored with the second set of ashes and also stolen, police said.

There are no suspects, police said, and anyone with information is asked to contact Stratford police at 519-271-4141 Ext. 2. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers can be contacted at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Citing the emotional toll of the theft on the victims, police are asking the person or people responsible to place the ashes outside Young Funeral Home, at 430 Huron St., in Stratford or at police headquarters at 17 George St. W.

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