Man stole jars of human brain tissue, sold them on eBay Says Police

Man stole jars of human brain tissue, sold them on eBay Says Police Authorities say, 21-year-old Indianapolis resident, David Charles, is accused of breaking into the Indiana Medical History Museum a number times last year and stealing jars of human brain tissue and other material materials that were preserved. A tipster who paid hundreds of dollars on the online auction site helped bring the organ entrepreneurism to a conclusion.

The museum is the site of the former Central State Hospital, which served patients with psychiatric and mental disorders from 1848 to 1994.

Even before a California phone call led police to Charles Indianapolis police had investigated several break-ins at the museum's storage facility.

According to court documents, a resident of San Diego who had purchased six jars of human brain tissue off eBay for $600, plus $70 shipping, called the museum after observing labels on the containers and suspecting some kind of foul play.

That tip was then used by the detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to trace the transactions, eventually speaking to the eBay seller who provided the brain tissue to the San Diego man. Police said that the seller had obtained the brain matter from Charles.

On December 16 the police set up a sting .The eBay middleman set up a meeting at a Dairy Queen parking lot with Charles, who had stolen 60 jars of human tissue from the museum the day before, according to authorities and court documents.