Crime

BSO: Funeral Home Employee Picked Up a Body, Plus Some of the Family's Cash

Talk about an untimely occasion to steal cash from a family -- while you're loading their dead family member into a van to take him to the funeral home.

That's what the Broward Sheriff's Office says 56-year-old Armando Sardina did on Thursday afternoon, while he was supposed to be picking up the body of 53-year-old Michael Bressler from his family's Tamarac home.

According to the cops, Sardina -- who works for the "body removal service" of the parent company of the Star of David funeral home -- was there to pick up Bressler, who died of natural causes.

While Sardina was preparing to move the body, family members noticed that $327 was missing from a bank bag in the master bedroom.

Bressler's brother-in-law confronted Sardina about the missing cash, and after the brother-in-law got the police involved, Sardina eventually gave a sheriff's deputy permission to search his van.

Sure enough, the cops say they found $327 between the seats.

Sardina apologized, according to the sheriff's office.

He was booked into the Broward County Jail on a grand-theft charge.

The sheriff's office asks that you call them if you believe Sardina may have taken money from you while he was supposed to be removing bodies from your house.


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