Florida Medical Examiner Office Investigator Arrested For Stealing

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Associated Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A forensic investigator with the medical examiner's office in Jacksonville is in jail on charges related to stealing items from deceased victims.

Duval County jail records show that 46-year-old Christopher Dwight Allen was charged Friday with official misconduct, dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership on pawnbroker transaction form. He was being held Saturday on $150,009 bail. It's not known if he has an attorney.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the investigation began in May after relatives alleged that several items of jewelry had been stolen from their loved one following her death. FDLE says Allen sold dozens of pieces of jewelry to pawn shops, some of which had been stolen from bodies that Allen had access to at the medical examiner's office.

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