Police: Teens Steal Man's Ashes, Thought They Were Cocaine

Police say three teenagers were charged after allegedly breaking into a St. Peter's home and stealing a man's ashes, which they believed to be cocaine.

According to police, Devin M. Gesell, 17, and his two juvenile accomplices, allegedly broke into the home of Debora Matthews and stole an Xbox 360 game system, cash, jewelry, prescription bottles of oxycodone and morphine, in addition to her father's ashes.

Police say the teens believed that the ashes were cocaine, but recognized their mistake after tasting them, according to the St. Louis Post- Dispatch.

The group reportedly scattered the ashes along a local highway after stealing them.

Gesell is now charged with burglary and two counts of theft. He is being held on $10,000 cash bail.  $ The minors have been turned over to juvenile authorities for charges.

Story credit: WTXF
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