Teen burglars steal cremated remains thinking they were drugs


ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI)-Three teenagers thought they were stealing cocaine but actually took a man's cremated remains. Devin Gessell, 17, and a 15 and 16 year old are accused of breaking into a St Peters home on Forrel Tree Court in November 2014.

Police say they stole an Xbox 360, prescription drugs, jewelry, and the ashes of the homeowner’s father which were being stored in a wooden box. The thieves realized their mistake and reportedly threw the cremains out of a car window.

Police tracked the teens down after one of them used the Xbox online. The IP address was traced.

Gesell is charged with burglary and two counts of theft. Bond is set at $10,000 cash only. The 15 and 16-year-olds have been referred to juvenile authorities.