LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A former funeral home apprentice has been charged with stealing gold crowns from the teeth of corpses in the Antelope Valley.
Authorities say 39-year-old Pete Lara was charged Wednesday with more than two dozen felony counts, mostly burglary but also grand theft and possession of methamphetamine.
He was arrested Monday and remains jailed.
Authorities say Lara was an apprentice embalmer at Halley-Olsen-Murphy Funeral Home in Lancaster when he began taking the dental crowns and other items last year. Prosecutors contend that he disposed of the gold at pawn shops and jewelry exchanges.
He faces up to 19 years in prison if convicted.
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