Teen Burglars Stole Cremated Remains Thinking They Were Drugs

Three teenagers are accused of breaking into a home in St. Peters of Missouri and stealing a man’s cremated remains after mistaking the ashes for cocaine.

The incident occurred in November of last year when 17-year-old Devin Gessell and two accomplices, ages 15 and 16, broke into the home and stole an Xbox 360, prescription drugs and jewelry along with the cremated remains kept in a wooden box. The thieves only later realized their mistake and threw the ashes out of a car window.

According to the local Fox affiliate, the teens were later caught when they posted the Xbox for sale online and police traced the IP address.

Fox 2 reports:

Gesell is charged with burglary and two counts of theft. Bond is set at $10,000 cash only. The 15 and 16-year-olds have been referred to juvenile authorities.