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LONGMONT, Colo. — A Denver area embalmer is accused of stealing from the dead and profiting from it.

Adrian Kline has worked for several mortuaries, including Aspen Mortuary in Lakewood.  He is accused of taking gold crowns on teeth, and selling them to pawn brokers and gold shops.

“We believe these items were being removed prior to embalming, or following cremation,” said Commander Jeff Satur with the Longmont Police Department.

Kline sold many of the crowns to Ted Willis at Classic Gold Jewelers in Longmont.

“He said his father, or grandfather, was a dentist for years and years and had piles of old teeth he wanted to sell,” Willis said.

Kline was also selling crowns to other shops, and when he told a worker at EZ Pawn that he worked at a mortuary she got suspicious and called police.   According to officers, from May through November of 2011, Kline made 17 sales at different locations and made more than $4,000.

“Several bags of gold crowns and the remnants of gold crowns were recovered from Longmont area pawn shops and secondhand dealers,” said Satur. “It’s about dignity and treating the body with respect, and that wasn’t happening unfortunately.”

In the police report, Kline told officers he dug the crowns out of the dumpster behind Aspen Mortuary after they had been thrown out. But police believe the crowns were taken from inside.  Kline says he has eight children and needed money for food.  He was indicted and is facing 10 felony charges for providing false information.