MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- A group of teenage thieves are now accused of sniffing the cremated remains of a local man and two dogs, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said at least five teens broke into a house and stole cremated remains. The teens told investigators that they mistook the ashes inside an urn for cocaine or heroin.
Investigators said the teens told them they snorted the ashes, thinking they were drugs.
The five are also accused of stealing electronics and other items from the home. All the teens involved were taken into custody, deputies said. The oldest of the bunch is 19.
Last month, WESH 2 News reported that homeowner Holli Tencza said she had been trying to put the death of her two Great Danes behind her when burglars stole all she had left of the dogs and her father by swiping their ashes.
“It was just a complete shock,” Tencza said.
Tencza said she returned home with her two kids to find their house had been ravaged by thieves, who took a 42-inch television, DVD players, a laptop and pieces of jewelry.
The burglars, Tencza said, took her dogs' cremated ashes from a shelf in her bedroom and her father's remains, which she had since he died in 1993 from prostate cancer, from her closet.
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