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A warrant has been issued for a Dilliner man accused of stealing a van from a cremation facility that had three cadavers inside.

Charges were filed Monday against William Russell Burghy, 36, before Greene County District Judge David Curt Balint.

He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, disorderly conduct, operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and three counts of abuse of a corpse.

Police said an employee of Wilbert Funeral Services Inc. reported that a van containing three human cadavers had been stolen from the business’ garage along Mechanic Street in Perry Township between 4 p.m. May 9 and 8 a.m May 10.

The garage had been secured and locked the previous day, but when the discovery was made, the main door was unlocked and the garage door was open, according to court paperwork.

The van was later located by its GPS tracking unit and was found abandoned at BFS Foods along Gas Company Road in Perry Township with all its known contents accounted for.

Surveillance footage showed Burghy driving the van as well as entering and exiting the stolen vehicle, charging documents state.

Another employee of the cremation facility told police that he discovered his key to the main door of the garage was missing as well as a company credit card and personal access device card, and added that Burghy was at his home the previous day.

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