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Teen burglars steal cremated remains thinking they were drugs

Posted at 9:30 PM, Mar 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-09 21:33:32-04

ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Three teenagers thought they were stealing cocaine but actually took a man's cremated remains according to KTVI. Devin Gessell, 17, and a 15 and 16-year-old are accused of breaking into a St. Peters home  in November.

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.