WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A hearse — with a dead body still in it — was stolen outside a California church late Wednesday.
- A police chase ensued early Thursday after an eagle-eyed driver spotted the vehicle and reported it.
- The suspect is now in custody and the deceased person’s remains were undisturbed.
A hearse — with a dead body still in it — was stolen outside a California church late Wednesday.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Maria Lucero told the Los Angeles Times that the black Lincoln Navigator was parked outside the church in Pasadena.
The driver, who was dropping off one body inside the church and left the other body inside the SUV, had left the keys in the ignition with the engine running.
The sheriff’s department took to Twitter late Wednesday to plead for the safe return of the hearse.
“Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator,” the agency wrote.
A police chase ensued on the southbound 110 Freeway on Thursday after an eagle-eyed driver spotted the vehicle and reported it.
The pursuit ended when the SUV crashed into at least two other vehicles.
It was not made clear whether anyone was hurt in the crash. According to KTLA, all southbound lanes of the 110 Freeway in south Los Angeles were shut down early Thursday.
One suspect has since been taken into custody.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a casket containing one deceased person was found inside the vehicle.
The agency tweeted, “Huge THANK YOU to the good Samaritan that called law enforcement when they saw the stolen vehicle. We also want to send condolences to the family members of the deceased person, who had to deal with this tragedy.”
Sheriff’s Sgt. Benjamin Grubb told KTLA that the deceased person’s remains were undisturbed.
Source: New York Post