Man charged with stealing samples of the brains of dead mental patients, according to police

Posted on: 12:38 pm, January 4, 2014, by and

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INDIANAPOLIS – A 21-year-old Indianapolis man has been charged with stealing samples of the brains of dead mental patients from a medical museum, authorities said Thursday.

The specimens were allegedly later sold online.

The man, identified as David Charles, allegedly stole more than 60 jars of brain and other human tissues in early October from a warehouse space at the Indiana Medical History Museum, the Marion County prosecutor’s office said in court papers Thursday. Charles was arrested December 16 on felony theft and other charges.

Charles is to appear an Indianapolis court later this month in connection with the alleged theft of dozens of jars of preserved human brain tissue valued at about $4,800.