NEAR PASADENA (CBSLA) — Deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were investigating Wednesday night after a suspect stole a hearse with a casket and body inside.
The 2017 black Lincoln Navigator with license plate 7ZDG618 was parked outside of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church in the 700 block of Rosemead Boulevard in unincorporated Pasadena with a casket holding a body in the back at about 8:10 p.m. when an unknown suspect drove off in it. The sheriff’s department confirmed the body in the hearse was that of an adult female.READ MORE: Man In His Mid 30s Fatally Shot In Carson
According to the sheriff’s department, a mortician had two bodies in the hearse and was dropping one off at the church. While the mortician was inside, the thief stole the vehicle that still had the woman’s body inside in a casket.
In a tweet directed at the suspect, LASD pleaded for the driver to return the body.
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To the suspect(s) driving around in a Black Lincoln Navigator stolen from the 700 blk of Rosemead Bl just after 8PM today in uninc #Pasadena:READ MORE: 2 Riverside Co. Sheriff's Deputies Recovering After Being Hit By Delivery Van; 2 Pedestrians Killed
Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator. pic.twitter.com/Dvo7u94zL1
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 27, 2020
There was a funeral service going on when the hearse was stolen, but authorities said it was not connected with the body inside.