Dec 12, 2013 2:48 PM
OAKDALE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are trying to locate a man they have identified as a person of interest in the theft of a gold crucifix necklace from a dead body.
The necklace was later sold to a pawn shop.
Oakdale police say the necklace belonged to 51-year-old Melvin Luiz, a Stanislaus County man who died last month from natural causes a day after he retired from the dairy industry.
Police believe Luiz's necklace was stolen off his body while en route to a funeral home and then sold to a pawn shop in Turlock for $380.
They have named David Spurlin as a person of interest. They say Spurlin worked at a mortuary service in Modesto.
Luiz's daughter, Melissa Luiz, told KTXL-TV (http://bit.ly/19F1u52 ) the family is thankful a tipster led police to the necklace.
Information from: KTXL-TV.
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