A Los Angeles County coroner’s investigator was arrested on suspicion of stealing a gold chain and cross from round a lifeless man’s neck, prosecutors stated Wednesday.
The suspect, a 34-year-old man, faces a felony cost of grand larceny and a misdemeanor cost of petit larceny, the District Legal professional’s Workplace stated in an announcement.
Whereas responding to the loss of life of a warehouse employee from a coronary heart assault final January, the investigator was recorded on surveillance video eradicating the cross necklace from the physique and inserting it in his medical bag, the assertion stated. He didn’t return the merchandise or doc it as required on the possession receipt.
Moreover, when authorities searched the suspect’s workplace, they discovered previous cash with a receipt within the title of a person who died in November 2022. The suspect, who had labored on the medical expert’s workplace since 2018, had been dealing with the investigation into the person’s loss of life.
Prosecutor George Gascón stated the allegations symbolize a violation of the belief the neighborhood locations within the medical expert’s workplace.
“Stealing gadgets, potential household heirlooms, and nostalgic gadgets from the deceased not solely violates that belief, however desecrates the reminiscence of a beloved one,” Gascón stated in an announcement.
Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Odi Okpo, stated his workplace is cooperating with the investigation.