Published On: Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014

Indiana man, David Charles, busted selling stolen brains on eBay

An Indianapolis man is facing charges of  theft, marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession after getting busted in a most unusual sting, which caught him trying to sell, of all things, human brains from deceased mental patients.


Human brain Image/NIH

Human brain

The IndyStar reported Wednesday that 21-year-old David Charles allegedly stole more than 60 jars of brain and other human tissues in October from a warehouse space at the Indiana Medical History Museum.

It is also reported that Charles tried to sell some of the brains on eBay for $600 to a potential customer in California.

However, the customer noticed labels for the Indiana Medical History Museum on the six jars of human brains he purchased and contacted the museum and authorities.

This leads to the police sting where the eBay customer was to meet Charles at  a Dairy Queen parking lot for the exchange.

Once the parking lot deal went down, authorities said, a bust was made. One person with Charles reached for a handgun and was tackled by officers, court documents said.

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



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