Infant's ashes stolen in Vermont home break-in along with jewelry

A photo of the stolen urn.
A photo of the stolen urn

(CBS/AP) MONKTON, Vt. - Police say someone kicked in the door to a Vermont couple's home and took multiple items, including a pewter urn that contains the ashes of an infant they lost.

The urn is about 2.5 inches high in the shape of an upside down tear drop and has black stripes. Police say the distraught victims said an oak jewelry box containing a gold necklace and ring were also stolen from their Monkton home.

Vermont State Police Sgt. Eugene Duplissis said he was surprised the urn was taken, according to CBS affiliate WCAX.

"I don't believe I've ever had a case where somebody's ashes have been stolen," Duplissis said. "It's certainly not something that's targeted."

Police say the home was broken into Monday. They are seeking the public's help with information.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vermont State Police at 802-388-4919.