On May 14, 2020, a Korean mortician “A” in his 30s got arrested in Busan, Korea for breaking and entering a local hospital morgue…

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… and stealing gold dental crowns, fillings, and implants from the bodies of the deceased.

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The hospital’s CCTV caught footage of A sneaking into the morgue around 3:30AM and checking all the stored bodies.

He then stole over 10 pieces of dental gold from 3 of the bodies, using tools like pliers and tweezers which he brought in his pockets.

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Plier on the morgue floor

When the hospital staff noticed the suspicious activity, they got the police involved. A is said to have admitted to stealing the gold teeth — because he recently faced financial hardship and needed the cash.

A is said to have “Kept [his] eyes out for bodies with gold teeth while working on preparing them for their funerals“.

Reportedly, A admitted that he “Tried to remove only the gold parts” but when that deemed impossible, he then proceeded “To pull out the entire tooth.

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Crowns collected on the morgue floor

The police explained that such “scrap gold” can be pawned for an average of $20-50.

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Upon hearing the news, Korean netizens are shocked speechless.

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  • “What a piece of sh*t. He would have done the same even if he didn’t have financial hardship. That is not an excuse.”
  • “That is literally psychopathic though, isn’t it? Do you mean to tell me a human is capable of doing something like that? For money?”
  • “I can’t even begin to comprehend what the f*ck this means. He has obviously given up on being human.”
  • “The fact that he had the nerve to remove it from bodies of the deceased… He’s f*cking crazy. Money is not an excuse.”

Many have voiced their concerns, pushing to have the mortician’s license taken away…

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  • “But don’t morticians know best about respecting the deceased and all? How does this make any sense? He’s such a f*cking as*hole!”
  • “If there is hell, that is exactly where he’s going.”
  • “This makes me nauseous… Like- How did he gather up the guts to do this? To steal teeth from the dead?”
  • “… Wait, where in the universe does he take the stolen teeth then? What the actual f*ck?”

… as it is suspected that this is not A’s first time to tamper with the bodies under his care. The Busan Sasang Police Station will continue A’s investigation.