Andrew Alford’s ashes were stolen during the early morning break-in. (Supplied: Alford family)
A Queensland mom has made an emotional plea for the secure return of her son’s ashes, stolen throughout a break-in at a cemetery west of Brisbane.
Thieves made off with the stays of Andrew Alford, and people of one other man, after raiding the crematorium at Warrill Park Garden Cemetery in Ipswich about 3:30am.
They ransacked an workplace and left with two plastic containers of ashes, together with an electrical drill.
Mr Alford’s mom, Pam, mentioned she was “completely devastated” by the theft.
His household had been on account of come collectively in Ipswich subsequent week to position his ashes in a distinct segment alongside a spot put aside for his mother and father.
He died three years in the past, aged 46, in a motorbike accident.
“Hopefully we are able to attraction to the higher nature of the folks to understand what they’ve achieved and to return them,” Mrs Alford mentioned.
“I can solely suppose the thieves didn’t have any concept what was contained in the field.”
A plastic urn similar to the two stolen from the cemetery. (Supplied: Queensland Police Service)
Mrs Alford mentioned the incident has been extraordinarily distressing.
“I’m simply hoping upon hope that even when they’ve thrown them within the bush someplace that we might relocate them and provides him the right placement that we had deliberate,” Mrs Alford mentioned.
“Andrew was killed nearly three years in the past and it has taken that period of time as a household to type out what was finest to do.
“He died with no will and so left no particular directions.”
Cemetery managing director Stephen Beer mentioned the opposite household was on account of bury the ashes this morning.
“It has not occurred earlier than … and each households had been very understanding once we known as them to inform them what had occurred,” Mr Beer mentioned.
“We hope to disgrace the thieves into returning the ashes.”
Police have searched the cemetery and adjoining bushland to no avail.
Detective Inspector Davie Briese mentioned he was involved for the situation of the urns and ashes, given the best way during which the realm was ransacked.
“Clearly our concern now could be that upon discovering what they’re, the containers is probably not handled with the respect they deserve,” Detective Inspector Briese mentioned.
“So we might ask the folks accountable to come back ahead and provides the households again what they need.”