Indianapolis man sentenced for stealing brains from museum, selling them on eBay


Mug shot of David Charles

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –  An Indianapolis man was sentenced for stealing brains from a museum and selling them.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced today that David Charles has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for breaking into the Indiana Medical History Museum to steal jars of human brain tissue and other human tissues.

Charles pleaded guilty to burglary and received a sentence of four years with three years suspended to be served in the Marion County Community Corrections. Terms of the sentence are one year of home detention, two years of probation, and Charles must obtain a high school diploma or GED certificate.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, a Crime Scene Specialist with the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency recovered multiple pieces of evidence from the crime scene, in particular a white piece of paper that contained a fingerprint in blood. The IMPD Latent Print division was able to determine the bloody fingerprint on the piece of paper found at the scene was consistent with the left pinkie finger of David Charles.

Additionally, stolen items sold on eBay were recovered when the purchaser of the items became suspicious when online reports of similar items were determined stolen from the Indiana Medical History Museum. Investigators also found evidence on Charles’ Facebook page that showed he was selling brains.


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