In Indianapolis weird news, a man stands accused of stealing brains from a museum and then selling them on eBay. According to The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 1 , reports indicate that 21-year-old David Charles is now accused of breaking into the Indiana Medical History Museum’s storage facility on numerous occasions to steal jars of human brain tissue.
A San Diego man who actually bought the brains tipped off the museum when the jars he received had museum labels. The man bought six jars of humans brains for $600. The museum’s executive director spoke with the man and remarked that he “just said he liked to collect odd things.”
With this tip, the Indiana police traced transactions and found the eBay seller who put the tissues on the auction site. Not Charles himself, the seller gave up Charles’ identity. In order to catch Charles without scaring him off, officers set up a sting operation using the eBay seller as a middleman.
Charles met up with the seller at a Dairy Queen parking lot to exchange the 60 jars Charles had taken from the museum the day before, according to court documents. A transaction was made and officers then busted Charles.
According to court documents, Charles is facing charges of marijuana possession, paraphernalia possession and charges of theft.
The human tissue in the jars being stolen came from autopsies of patients from the 1890s to the 1940s.