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Cremation Urns Stolen, Vault Vandalized At Stratford Cemetery

This empty vault once held 18 cremation urns at Stratford's Union Cemetery.
This empty vault once held 18 cremation urns at Stratford's Union Cemetery. Photo Credit: Facebook
This empty vault once held 18 cremation urns at Stratford's Union Cemetery.
This empty vault once held 18 cremation urns at Stratford's Union Cemetery. Photo Credit: Facebook
This empty vault once held 18 cremation urns at Stratford's Union Cemetery.
This empty vault once held 18 cremation urns at Stratford's Union Cemetery. Photo Credit: Facebook

STRATFORD, Conn. — A Stratford man is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who stole 18 cremation urns at Union Cemetery, including those holding the remains of his mother and grandmother.

Glenn Everlith, Jr., owner of Main Street Tavern, said it appeared someone “blew open” the vault and took the urns Thursday morning, perhaps to sell as scrap metal.

“It’s disgusting. I have no idea why someone would do something like that,” he said. “There are no words for it.”

The vault was opened and memorial name plates were smashed in the incident. Everlith said cemetery staff told him they will repair the vault and replace all of the name plates, including those for his mother, Linda Everlith, and his grandmother, Shirley Simonelli.

“But they’ll be empty,” Everlith said.

Everlith posted his reward notice on the tavern’s Facebook page Thursday. Anyone with information on this incident can contact him there or call Stratford Police at 203-385-4100.

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