Indiana man gets four-year sentence for stealing brains from museum, selling them

( - An Indiana man who admitted stealing human brain samples and other tissue from a medical museum and selling them received a four-year jail sentence Wednesday.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said that 21-year-old David Charles had pleaded guilty to burglary and had three years of his sentence suspended.

Curry said Charles admitted to breaking into the Indiana Medical History Museum several times in 2013 to steal jars of preserved tissue. He was arrested in December 2013 after a San Diego man who purchased about six jars of brain tissue on eBay for $600 alerted authorities.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Charles was arrested when authorities arranged a meeting between Charles and an eBay seller who provided the brain tissue to the San Diego buyer. Authorities said Charles stole 60 more jars of human tissue the day before the meeting.


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