Police say someone broke into a mausoleum at a North Carolina cemetery and stole the skull of World War II veteran.

Investigators said in a news release that a city employee noticed damaged to the mausoleum Wednesday morning in Hickory and called police.

Authorities say James William Floyd's casket was opened, but only the skull was taken. A funeral home is keeping Floyd's remains until the mausoleum can be fixed.

Police are investigating the theft of the skull, and no arrests have been made.

Floyd's obituary said he died in July 2008 at the age of 84.