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Cremation ashes of two people, two pets stolen during break-in

Stratford Police are asking those responsible to leave the ashes outside Young Funeral Home or bring them to the police station
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The Stratford Police Service is currently investigating a Break and Enter to a residence on Ontario Street located between Waterloo Street and Front Street, in the City of Stratford, in which the ashes of the victim’s husband and brother-in-law were stolen.

Also taken during the B&E was a large amount of silver dishes, silverware, and jewellery belonging to the victim.

The stolen ashes of the victim’s loved ones were inside two separate containers. The first set of ashes were inside a corrugated box that came from the crematorium. This box was inside a burgundy cloth bag from Young Funeral Home, with gold rope ties securing it closed. The second set of ashes are from a funeral home in Michigan. These ashes were inside a plastic container, which was stored in a white L.L. Bean canvass bag. Along with the second set of ashes were two smaller containers with the ashes of two pets.

Both sets of ashes had documentation from the funeral homes that would identify what the items are.

The B&E is believed to have occurred sometime between May 15th – May 22nd, 2024.

At this time, there are no suspects in this matter. The Stratford Police Service is asking for anyone with information to contact them at 519-271-4141 extension 2.

For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers can be contacted at 1-800-222-TIPS or

Due to the significant emotional impact that a theft of this nature can have on the victim, family, and friends of the deceased, the Stratford Police Service is sending an appeal to the person(s) responsible to place the ashes outside of Young Funeral Home, located at 430 Huron Street, Stratford, or taken to the Stratford Police Service at 17 George Street West, Stratford, to allow for the ashes to be reunited with their loved ones