Guy Finds Friend Dead, Steals Art, Then Calls 911: Cops

Hiram Noel Mendez facing multiple charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2013 1:15 PM CST
Guy Finds Friend Dead, Steals Art, Then Calls 911: Cops
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A New York man who went to check on an acquaintance and found him dead at his home is accused of stealing some of the man's artwork before calling 911. State police say Hiram Noel Mendez of Cortlandt Manor found Ronald Cutrone, an artist and onetime assistant to Andy Warhol, dead at his Lake Peekskill home in July. Authorities say a nearly five-month investigation found that Mendez left Cutrone's home, then returned and stole several of Cutrone's works before calling 911. They say Cutrone's death isn't considered suspicious, but the cause of death hasn't been determined pending toxicology results. Mendez was arraigned this week on burglary, petty larceny, and other charges. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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