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. tommy says:

    Halloween is coming….look for her at an attraction close to you.

  2. jello says:

    She owed taxes, Obama thought she might have gold in her teeth.

  3. RTM says:

    My apologies to the family. I hope the criminals are caught and sent to prison.

  4. Vetman says:

    Two weeks ago in the city of Lancaster, PA, a grave was dug up and the casket and remains stolen, of a girl who died when she was 9 years old. She died and was buried in 1962! Is there some sort of ritualistic thing going on?

  5. RTM says:

    Check the Clevland, Ohio ACORN office. She’s probably being registered to vote.

  6. Orson Buggy says:

    Sounds like the work of their own pedophile priests. But now there into necrophilia. It figures. BUT, being catholic they’ll probably get away with it as usual.

  7. DavidM says:

    Bush’s Fault!

  8. LJMW says:

    Yeah, but maybe that’s just because grammer was in the coffin!

  9. utahmike says:

    Thanks to those who have left “trashy” comments. I needed a good laugh this morning.

  10. Spicolli says:

    The FBI has said repeatedly ‘Satanic’ cults don’t exist despite evidence like this.

  11. Jethro Bodine says:

    Deer CBS JournoListers,

    I am dissapointment in you’re grammar.

  12. Ed Ward II says:

    This is likely the work of Caribbeans – they need the parts for their rituals. Another reason to say NO to immigration, liberal Staten Island Obama supporters!

  13. Roy says:

    Maybe they just wanted Mommy back !

  14. Ludo says:

    Dead jokes- the Best!

  15. mikey says:

    thats just wrong. what is worng with people these days. thats not even something i would expect a lib to do.

    1. jeff says:

      you sure?

  16. Radio farrel 56 palm beach says:

    well…one would think they wanted publicity and we all seemed to be an accomplice to that…..

  17. Trout says:

    Definitely for sex purposes.

  18. Marie says:

    JimBob: You think the comments are trashy? What about the act of taking a dead person out of her tomb? I hope these grave robbers are caught and serve a long time in prison.

  19. Suspicious says:

    Ransom? Could be. Perhaps this theft signals a new money
    scheme. Or the body was taken to prevent a DNA test.

  20. tminu says:

    In the Koran, Muhammad wrote of sex with a dead woman, maybe this is just more religious expression of the religion of pieces?

  21. Brian says:

    Obama will go to any length to claim unpaid taxes

  22. MAKE MY DAY says:

    @James Kraft….What the hell is a coffin bomb??

  23. JimBob says:

    So many worthless comments here. 80% trash.

    1. jeff says:

      hey jimbobo coool name

    2. ed says:

      I agree..any comments not about Democrats being behind this are in fact trash..

  24. A. Nonymous says:

    Some like ’em cold…

  25. What the???? says:

    Could be for possible jewelry theft, dna even? Or to stage a crime for someone who wants to start their lives over again? (used to watch a lot of tv…) Or for insurance fraud…

  26. baltimorehon says:

    I agree with oldchicago…It was dummycrats looking for taxes.

    1. BC says:

      Acorn voter recruiting!!!

  27. Judith says:

    Democrat voter registration…starting early.

  28. Mark says:

    Sorry, we don’t serve ‘necros’……

  29. stophate says:

    These things always seem to happen around satanic hoidays. Full moon last night.

  30. glen wilde says:

    Stop in for a cold one?

  31. Jewfromhell says:

    Mayor Bloomberg got his date for the mospue opening!

  32. EssenMein says:

    It sounds like Obama supporters.

  33. Necrophage says:

    I’d tap it.

  34. Karpy says:

    Bush did it.

  35. A. Levy says:

    Gee, couldn’t they just go to a club to meet a woman?

  36. phrog says:

    May be they were after the clothes.

  37. Pete says:

    “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”

    Hey, ‘editor’… it is WERE not we’re (a contraction for ‘we are’) STOP depending on spell-check!

  38. flynny says:

    It was probably Obama, this is what he had to do to join the WTC Mosque.

  39. Fred C. Dobbs says:

    The fatty tissue of the body may have become adipocere or “grave soap” and also may have mummified somewhat as well. The corpse may have been quite recognizable even after years. Depends on things like temperature, moisture content, microorganism’s etc. Body was most likely taken by “goth kooks” so they could play with it.

  40. flynny says:

    Wrong, embalming done properly can preserve a body for decades.

  41. Kevitivity says:

    After 12 years, you wouldn’t think there would be a body. Embalming only preserves flesh for a couple of weeks.

  42. diane says:

    Muslims in the middle east like to do this in Christian burial grounds. It is a form of terrorism. One Christian village in Lebanon had their whole cemetery dug up and the bodies were waiting for them when they woke up. Can you imagine waking up to find grandma who has been dead for 50 years on your front steps?

  43. BajaSteve says:

    If one believes that one goes to heaven at Death, what does it matter?
    If one believes the Bible, “The living know that they will die, but the
    Dead know NOT ANYTHING” and that “the dead do NOT PRAISE GOD!
    AND, that at the second coming, we will be changed in the twinkling
    Of an eye than I give HIM the POWER to PUT back together any BODY
    That has been Cremated or Torn apart!! NO?

  44. Jhw889 says:

    Really sad to think someone could such a thing!

  45. Sitra Achra says:

    Outrageous. Disgusting. “Mausolea” is the proper plural of mausoleum!

  46. Mark says:

    Maybe she was interred with family treasures: rings, pearls, gold and diamond jewelery.

    1. Matt says:

      But why take the body?

  47. Pogue Mahone says:

    How much do you want to bet that within 24 hours, Janeane Garofalo and Joy Behar and the usual predictable crowd of “deep thinkers” will blame this on Bush, Palin, and redneck people who live in red states?

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