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KELLOGG, Idaho -

In the Greenwood Cemetery in Kellogg, a woman came out to see the resting place of her cousin's ashes. The site, sometime between October 31st and November 3rd, was the scene of a robbery. Police say 20-year-old Robert McCool broke into the cemetery late at night and stole two boxes full of cremated remains. She's here today to make sure her cousin's space is unharmed.

"I just can't believe anyone would do that, people's family members are here," she says, not wanting to be identified.

This woman, however, isn't the only one just checking up on a family member's resting place, multiple people are stopping by just in case. Many of them told KHQ they wanted to check on burial sites because they've never heard of something like this happening in Kellogg.

McCool was arrested on November 5th and has since been taken into custody for two counts of grand theft, two counts of malicious injury to property and two counts of desecration of a place of burial.

A family member of one of the two stolen remains told KHQ this experience has been mentally exhausting for she and her family, and right now they're trying to move past it.

Questions from the community, however, still remain as to why McCool stole the remains.

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