Cops: Brazen Thieves Came Prepared, Ransacked 3 Mausoleums

EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — On Tuesday evening police were investigating the theft of human remains from a Long Island mausoleum.

Suffolk County police said the break-in at the St. Charles Cemetery happened between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports from Long Island

Authorities said they believe more than one person was involved in the incident. Police said the suspects hopped the fence to get into the cemetery and broke into three mausoleums and removed a body from a crypt, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports.

“We believe that human remains we’re removed from the casket and the cemetery property,” Suffolk County Deputy Inspector Robert Brown told CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport.

“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.”

Police said the perpetrators knew what they were doing.

“They came to the cemetery prepared. They knew what they would face inside the crypt and what would have to be done to remove a casket and open it,” Brown said.

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.

CBS 2’s Rapoport reports mourners at the cemetery were beyond disturbed.

“I think it’s a horrible thing,” one woman said.

The cemetery is operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. A spokesman said the families connected to the three mausoleums have been notified.

The Diocese also released a statement saying, “It is incomprehensible that anyone would violate the sacred resting place of those that have passed from this world to eternal life.”

Comments (188)
  1. Marty F. says:

    Was it Abby Normal’s remains?

  2. Ed Gein says:

    I hope it’s not another Ed Gein on the loose, oh wait, that’s me.

    I bet you idiot liberals will blame it on George Bush.

  3. KareninPenn says:

    I wonder if this is related to a grave robbery here in Pennsylvania. A few weeks ago someone dug up and stole the body of a 9 yr old girl who died in the 50’s.

  4. Ophiuchus says:

    Where were the Bush’s….?

  5. chris says:

    Vampire hunters?

  6. Jake says:

    “We believe the human remains WERE removed …”

    Please double check for errors.

    1. MaryRI says:

      these people who write the articles can not even spell check……this shows what the schools are teaching now…………..NOTHING…..just give me the pension and bennies…………

      1. Benny says:

        We’re is a correctly spelled word. It wouldn’t be caught by spell check.

  7. dave says:

    This sounds like the work of the Skull and Bones Fraternity.

  8. steve says:

    carnys took it for a side show

  9. chris says:

    She’s a zombie who broke out.

  10. cluelessinky says:

    When did we as a people sink so low. Who would raise a kid to do this?

  11. Z says:

    Sounds like a crime cover up to me.

    1. Bill says:

      Well duhh. Of course it’s a cover up!

  12. Karen A. says:

    OMG, I can’t help but think, even though this is a disgusting situation, beyond belief really, that the writers of “Young Frankenstein” played a major role here.

  13. James Kraft says:

    Bring back the coffin bombs of the late 19th century to prevent grave robbers. This way, the dead get their revenge.

  14. Mr. Dingle says:

    more likely hoodoo voodoo like that woman in Michigan Santarita not satanism

  15. erstwhile_MD says:

    Like it or not, this probably was the work of medical students or surgical residents.

    1. Larry says:

      They said the body had been there for 12 years. I would think decomposition would make any kind of medical use impossible.

    2. Julie says:

      Yeah sure, taking a body that’s been dead for 12 years was done for medical purposes. This is the 21st century; not the 19th. Hopefully the “MD” in your name means you’re from Maryland and not in the medical profession.

  16. Daisy Girl says:

    Cremation is the way to handle remains – I wonder if a couple hundred years from now (or sooner?) – that certain people won’t just bulldoze all the “infidel’s” cemeteries everywhere………

  17. MrChach says:

    RAMSON???? AAHHHH!!!!!
    Maybe the body had a solid gold hip replacement. Might get some money for it in a PWAN SOHP????

  18. eddie says:

    Yet, another heartwarming New York story

  19. mac says:

    hahahahaha this is the most funny news on earth. No mosque on ground zero

  20. john smith says:

    I’m sure the jokes will be gotten over eventually. My focus is more of the Why o f the hoisting of a corpse. Was there jewlery, ??? No! I would say they were looking for her specifically. It took 3 vaults before they got the right one. Perhaps it involves necromancy.

  21. grizzly says:

    credit cards and how they hunt you to pay your debts..

  22. Daisy Girl says:

    Sounds like they may have targeted a rich family for a ramson???? Or some specific target by warring families?

  23. Char H. says:

    Oh come on, Joseph. Any quick online search will prove my position. And of course I would question anyone who feels the need to defend Satanism, as you’ve just attempted to.

  24. chukkalady says:

    sounds to me like it wasn’t a body they were after…..they wanted a skeleton.

  25. spring says:

    Satanists, Wiccans, witches….they are all based on the same foundations whether they care to admiit it or not. They all worship the creation rather than the creator. Period.

    1. Stupid Cattle says:

      Wow, could you be anymore ignorant.

      1. drh says:

        i’m with stupid. i agree. he left out gaia worshippers.

  26. dudes says:

    They’re building a new woman

  27. Bryan says:

    Joseph, look up the word necromancy in the dictionary. You are either very naive, a politically correct lickspittle, deceitful or just plain ignorant.

  28. Richard says:

    I’m shocked and disturbed to learn that there are groups of Satanists active in this area. What a shame, I hope they are caught and punished.

  29. zoomru says:

    Tony Soprano needed to make a withdrawal……

  30. Greycoat says:

    If not Sataniists who? Muslims who can’t wait for their virgins?

  31. Halsey says:

    Maybe they just wanted to dig up an old friend? I’m just sayin….

  32. Julius X says:

    Where is Mr. Obama? Inquiring minds want to know.

  33. Randy Ferris says:

    Whatever we do, let’s not jump to the conclusion that it was done by Muslims. I learned that lesson from Bloomberg. How’d that work out for you Mahay?

  34. wakkawakka says:

    ooooooooooo, necrophilia is alive and well in the empyre state

  35. Char H. says:

    Oh come on, Joseph. Any quick online search will prove my position. And of course I would question anyone who feels the need to defend Satanism, as you’ve just attempted to.

    1. carpathiab says:

      you’re ignorant to what satanism is….

  36. Sgt524 says:

    Yeah, Bush did it.

  37. jan says:

    hahahah very very cool!!!! i wonder why they took that body?

    1. drh says:

      you sound like a moron! are you or just your parents?

  38. in8chro says:

    Bush did it. – and joseph, satanists do rob grave sites.

    1. carpathiab says:

      we do? I’m trying to remember the last time I robbed a grave site…… I mean since you’re so certain and all…

  39. Paul the apostle says:

    Everything that can be said against satanism is warranted. In the name of Jesus, be quiet!

  40. Teknorat says:

    Necrophilia baby. Feels good man.

    1. Steve says:

      Feel better now? You’re part of the problem.

  41. Re:Joseph says:

    So says the guy who probably wouldn’t blink twice if someone equated the violence found in the Muslim religion to the Christian one.

    This isn’t to say that I disagree with your point or logic Joe, it is just my hope that you turn that piercing eye towards everyone and everything.

  42. rich says:

    Nah…Chars’ right. Satanists. Like you.

  43. Joseph says:

    Wow, Char… way to jump to a completely unwarranted conclusion. Satanism has nothing to do with grave-robbing.

    1. Who cares says:

      And a liar will lie always. Very warranted conclusion.

  44. eric ross says:

    Did they get any, or was she a dead weight as always?

  45. ctb says:

    really disturbing. people are such freaks.

  46. Char H. says:

    Sounds like the work of Satanists.

    1. Jack says:

      I agree. Sounds like some satanists are going to make a hand of glory or chalice out of her skull. They’re pathetic and degenerate like that.

    2. oldchicago says:

      democrats looking for taxes

      1. What the???? says:


      2. Theo says:

        …or voters for the up coming elections.

      3. tadchem says:

        …or registering voters?

      4. jnsesq says:

        And votes.

  47. J. Wadd says:

    If this were a member of my family. Rest assured that these perpetrators would never see the inside of a prison. They may make it to a Court of Law,but they would NOT leave under their own power. REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES. My dear God,what the family members must be going through right now. NO death penalty would be punishment enough. My prayers are with all those affected by this insanity.

  48. ROBBI says:


    1. TS_Jones says:

      Perhaps a darker more nefarious purpose is afoot. Perhaps they are covering up evidence of a murder or poisoning or something that would be revealed if the body were to be exhumed for any sort of civil or criminal investigation. That’s a lot of effort to steal a 12 year old decomposing body. It seems very targeted and took a lot of focused effort.

      1. Gregory says:

        This is a very good theory, actually.

  49. alex r. williams says:

    very sick puppies.Why disturb the dead at their resting place.

    1. Joey says:

      It’s George W. Bush’s fault.

      1. cyberthugette says:

        maybe she was a fat chick and couldn’t go any longer without a big mac

      2. FRED says:


      3. Casimcea says:

        You are absolutely right. He stole our money too.

    2. John Milton Wesley says:

      As other cultures and ethnic groups enter America, their foreign rituals for purposes of religion, and the manifestation of wealth calls for action we will find hard to understand. Which is why I have said for the longest time ” relocation without acculturation breeds abomination.” They must provide to their muses what they think is required, some of which we will find puzzling, strange and horrifying.

    3. Lisa Silbernagel says:

      did anyone know that digging up cremains (ashes) is not against the law, it happened to my family last year and we haven’t been able to find anyone to help us. Isn’t a person who is cremated also entitled to have a sacred resting place?

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