YORK  – An investigation has begun after an urn with a man's ashes was stolen during a celebration of life ceremony at the Salvation Army in York, police said.

York City Police Officer Derek Hartman said the family filed a report Monday, resulting in police investigating possible motives and suspects.

"Honestly, it's a terrible thing," Hartman, the department spokesman, said Wednesday of the urn being stolen.

A service for 42-year-old Sam Abreght was held over the weekend at the Salvation Army in York. His cremains were divided into three urns, one of which was to go to his mother.

Family friend Sherrie Ritz told WGAL-TV that most people gathered in a backroom after the funeral and that that’s when the urn was taken.

Ritz is asking the person to return it.

Police are searching pawn shops, prompted by a potential motive being the "monetary value" of the urn, Hartman added.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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