Florida Medical Investigator Jailed For Stealing Jewelry From The Dead

Sep 13, 2013

A Jacksonville medical investigator has been jailed on charges he stole jewelry from dead people. Christopher Allen was arrested early Friday morning and charged with official misconduct and dealing in stolen goods.

Allen is a forensic investigator in the District 4 medical examiner’s office in Jacksonville. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been investigating him since May when the family of a deceased person complained of missing jewelry. FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says Allen worked the overnight shift.

“There were only a few people who would have had access to this person’s body after they were deceased. So they reviewed pawn broker transactions. And those transactions indicated that Allen had sold 62 pieces of jewelry to pawn shops," she says.

Plesinger says officers have talked with several affected families so far. The investigation is ongoing.