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Police Go on 'Wild Ride' After Stolen Casket

James Juarez was taken into custody after Thursday chase in Los Angeles

(Newser) - It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: A thief stole a hearse—with a body inside—then went on a wild ride, ending with a chase and a crash on a busy freeway, the AP reports. Authorities say they found the body undisturbed inside a casket Thursday...

Car Thief Made Off With More Than a Lincoln Navigator

Police recover stolen hearse, with body inside, after chase

(Newser) - One of the strangest police chases in a while is in the books, with a suspect in custody. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies recovered a stolen Lincoln Navigator Thursday morning following a freeway pursuit, reports ABC7 . The odd part? The vehicle was doubling as a hearse, and it had...

Hearse Driver in Carpool Lane Had 'Strangest Excuse'

'He doesn't count in the back?'

(Newser) - Dead passengers don't count for a carpool. So learned a funeral home worker spotted driving alone in a minivan in a high occupancy vehicle lane on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas on Monday. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka soon discovered the vehicle was actually an undercover hearse holding...

Guy Swipes Hearse, Gets Unexpected Passenger

Stolen vehicle was carrying the body of an 80-year-old man

(Newser) - Police in central Mexico say they've caught a man who made off with a hearse—complete with a corpse inside. The Tlaquepaque police department says on its Facebook page that the hearse had been readied to take the body of an 80-year-old man from a hospital in neighboring Guadalajara...

Cops: Speeding Russian Hearse Full of Illicit Caviar

(Newser) - Police in Russia's far east stopped a hearse speeding on a highway—only to find half a ton of caviar stashed inside. The Interior Ministry said on Tuesday the hearse was caught speeding on the road connecting Khabarovsk, not far from the Chinese border, to a city further north....

Cops: Guy Steals Hearse to Frame an Enemy

Genius plot fizzles, however

(Newser) - It's the weirdest story about a stolen hearse you'll ever hear. Police in Buffalo say 28-year-old Michael Healing stole an empty hearse from outside a church last week as part of a crazy scheme to frame his drug dealer, reports the Buffalo News . Healing had allegedly stolen $11,...

Hearse Stolen Outside Church, Casket Inside

Family chases down thief four blocks away

(Newser) - A pastor's wife says a hearse was stolen from outside a Southern California church ahead of funeral services with a casket inside. The Los Angeles Times reports that the hearse was idling outside Ebenezer Baptist Church in South Los Angeles while the funeral director arranged flowers for Saturday morning...

Funeral Goes Wrong When Thief Steals Hearse, Body

Deceased would have found it all really funny, says sister-in-law

(Newser) - It's tough to hold a funeral when someone's driven off with the body. That's apparently what happened at a recent memorial in Australia, Gawker reports. Shortly before the event, a funeral home worker was getting the hearse ready when "this guy jumped out of the bushes,...

Hearse Driver Dies En Route to Funeral

Woman found slumped over wheel of hearse in Beverly Hills

(Newser) - Today's dispatch from the Irony Department: Beverly Hills police responded to a report of a body slumped over in the driver's seat of a hearse parked near the Beverly Hills Hotel at about 3pm yesterday—and discovered that the hearse's driver apparently died while transporting a body...

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