Adrian Kline is suspected of selling dental gold taken from the dead.
A Colorado embalmer saw a golden opportunity in dead people’s teeth, police say.
Adrian David Kline, 43, of Brighton, is accused of stealing gold teeth from bodies and cremated remains he handled at funeral homes and selling them to local pawn shops, the Longmont Times-Call reported.
A Boulder County Grand jury indicted Kline on eight counts of providing false information to a pawnbroker and two counts of providing false information to a secondhand dealer. He turned himself in Friday, the newspaper said.
Longmont police allege that Kline, who worked as a contract embalmer at multiple funeral homes in the Denver metropolitan area, removed gold crowns from bodies prior to embalming and removed dental gold from cremated remains.
Longmont pawnbrokers found it “creepy” and “weird” that he was pawning dental gold repeatedly and called police, according to the Times-Call.
Valuables and metals removed from bodies are either supposed to be disposed of or recycled, investigators told the newspaper.
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