Joe Brown and his family were getting ready to carry his father's casket from the church to the hearse when they were given the bad news. The hearse was gone!
Grand Theft Hearse
In Buffalo, New York, a funeral was underway at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. Right outside, in the parking lot, Michael Healing was stealing the hearse.
Healing took the hearse on a short joy ride and was found 15 miles away after a short two hour search by the police. The poor Brown family had to wait 30 minutes for a replacement hearse to arrive.
Reports are unclear as to why Healing felt the desire or need to take a hearse. Of all the cars he could have taken, why the hearse? Healing was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Beware of Car Thefts
This story just goes to show that despite all those articles about "10 Most Stolen Cars," no car is safe from the sticky hands of a thief. Here are some even more bizarre car theft stories:
was charged with grand theft, just not grand theft auto.
NJ Carjacker's Escape Ruined by Stick Shift Transmission -- If you're going to steal a car, at least make sure you know how to drive it. This clueless thief tried to steal a Porsche 911, but couldn't drive stick shift. Needless to say, police easily caught up to him and arrested him.
Be sure to protect your car from thieves, even if it's a dinky, old, broken down jalopy. You never know who'll want to steal it.