LANCASTER – A 41-year-old mortuary attendant was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a vehicle and a gun from the home of a deceased man in Lancaster, authorities said.
The theft happened after an elderly man passed away at his Lancaster home on March 5, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“As a result of the death, a mortuary attendant, Fernando Moguel of Los Angeles, responded to the location and took custody of the deceased. Within 48 hours, the vehicle belonging to the deceased, along with a firearm, was stolen from his residence,” the sheriff’s news release states.
A follow-up investigation revealed the car’s title was transferred into Moguel’s name.
Detectives then served a search warrant at Moguel’s residence and recovered the car and the gun, sheriff’s officials said.
Moguel was arrested Wednesday, March 23, on suspicion of grand theft vehicle and possession of a stolen firearm. He was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, and he’s being held in lieu of $35,000 bail, according to LASD inmate records.
A court date for Moguel has not been set.