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Firefighter who took foot charged with theft

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say the St. Lucie County
firefighter who took a man's severed foot from an Interstate 95
crash scene last year has been charged with misdemeanor theft.

Cindy Economou told told the Florida Highway Patrol after the
Sept. 19 crash that she took the remains to help train her cadaver
dog. She eventually resigned from the St. Lucie County Fire
District. She was arrested Monday.

FHP Lt. Tim Frith says the severity of a theft charge is usually
determined by the value of what is stolen. Since there's no law
specifically dealing with the theft of a body part, he says it was
difficult to determine the monetary value of the foot.

Economou was released from jail on her own recognizance Monday
afternoon.


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