An embalmer is accused of stealing gold teeth from bodies and cremated remains and pawning them, according to the Longmont Police Department.
Investigators said a Boulder County Grand jury indicted Adrian David Kline on suspicion of eight counts of providing false information to a pawn broker and two counts of providing false information to a secondhand dealer.
Kline is suspected of removing gold dental crowns from bodies prior to embalming and removing dental gold from cremated remains, police said..
"It's just freaky," said Mark Chamberlain, owner of Chamberlain Gold and Silver Exchange in Longmont. Chamberlain said it's not unusual for people to come in wanting to sell gold caps and crowns, and he bought a couple from Kline.
"I had no idea what was really happening," said Chamberlain. "Nobody wants to feel like theyre buying from someone who is stealing it from a familys tragedy."
Police said Kline sold about 100 teeth all over the metro area and made more than $4,000, but suspicious pawn brokers reported their concerns.
"Things started getting sketchy because he told me his dad was a dentist," said Jeff Willis, owner of Classic Gold in Longmont. "He told the broker next door he was working at a mortuary part time, and they were collecting teeth for kids programs."
Investigators said they recovered several bags of gold crowns and the remnants of gold crowns from Longmont-area pawn shops and secondhand dealers.
Kline worked as a contract embalmer in the Denver metro area.
Police said most of the gold came from Aspen Mortuaries in Lakewood, the last place Kline worked. Employees there did not wish to comment.
7NEWS contacted Kline, but he also refused to comment.
Court records state that he told police he has eight children and was in a dire financial situation. He told police he only took gold out of the dumpster after the bodies had been cremated.
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