Parents steal sons ashes from crematorium

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A funeral home director says a Connecticut couple took the cremated remains of their son without paying their balance.

Now, police are hoping surveillance video will help track the suspects down.

Authorities said the couple arrived at the Luz de Paz Funeral Home to pick up the cremated remains of their 8-month-old son.

Funeral home director Edgar Rodriguez said they owed him less than $1,000.

"They came acting as if they had the intention to pay the balance," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said when he stepped out of the room, the father left he seat and started peering down a dark stairwell looking for the ashes.

The alleged theft was recorded on surveillance cameras. The video shows the father go down the stairwell, open the door and pull the ashes out.  He then tells his girlfriend he's got the ashes and they both run out the door.

"Do they truly find closure knowing that they actually stole the ashes?"
Rodriguez asked. "Do they truly find closure knowing that they never did everything correctly?"

Rodriguez said if the dad is from Puerto Rico.  He said the ashes cannot leave the U.S. without the proper paperwork, which the father would not have.

He added that the upsetting part is that Rodriguez told the couple he would happily have reduced the price.

"If they came up with a certain amount, just waive the rest of it, give them the ashes, let them go home," Rodrigeuz said.

Police said they're using the surveillance video to search for the suspects.

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