Prison terms for stealing a van with 12 bodies

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 11:06 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish court has imprisoned three men who stole a van in Germany that contained 12 bodies in coffins.

The court in Poznan on Monday ordered the men to serve between two and four years in prison for the theft of the van in October in the Berlin suburb of Hoppegarten.

The court said the men were not aware that the bodies were inside and that they were scheduled to be taken to a crematorium.

The verdict is subject to appeal.

A fourth man was previously given an 11-month term, and another one is being sought in the case.

Two weeks after the theft, the coffins with the bodies were found in a wooded area near Konin, in western Poland, where the thieves had dumped them.

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