The remains of 18 people disappeared from a cemetery in Stratford this week.
Police said a cemetery employee noticed it Thursday morning around 8 a.m.
They said a columbarium at the Union Cemetery on Temple Street was broken into and the 18 urns were removed.
"We never had anything like this and can say the state of Connecticut hasn't either," said Sheldon Gerarden, president of the Union Cemetery Association.
The urns are laced with precious metals, so police believe they could have been stolen because of that.
Police said 20 granite seals were damaged. The seals cover niches, or wall spaces, in the columbarium.
The urns contained cremated remains.
Police said there was some sort of fire and then the columbarium was blown apart.
So far, police said there are no suspects.
They said the suspects likely took the urns for their precious metals. Many of them are made of bronze or brass.
Police said thieves like to trade them in for cash.
They are looking to nearby businesses to see if surveillance cameras.
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