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Female Body Stolen from Cemetery (VIDEO)
Thieves reportedly vandalized mausoleums at a Catholic cemetery on Long Island and stole a persons remains during an overnight break-in, police said Tuesday.
The break-in happened at St. Charles, a Roman Catholic Cemetery in Farmingdale between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, when a caretaker discovered the damage.
A total of three mausoleums were entered before the thief removed a casket from one of them — suggesting the crime was targeted at a specific body.
Authorities said they believe more than one person was involved in the incident. "They came to the cemetery prepared," Suffolk County Deputy Inspector Robert Brown told WCBS. "They knew what they would face inside the crypt and what would have to be done to remove a casket and open it."
"A casket was removed from the crypt, brought outside the mausoleum building and opened up. There there was a body removed from the casket that was opened up."
The suspects then likely had to carry the body over the cemetery fence to get away, authorities said.
The body was that of a female buried 12 years ago.
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