Man Accused Of Stealing Florida Officer's Ashes

Authorities say a 27-year-old man stole an urn containing the remains of a retired Florida police officer.

A Polk County Sheriff's Office news release says Daniel Antonio Nolasco Cardona was arrested Tuesday in Miami. He's charged with four burglaries in the Lakeland area, but officials say he's connected to more than a dozen other thefts in nine Florida counties.

Officials say one of the Lakeland burglaries, which took place on March 28th, includes Cardona stealing an urn containing retired Lakeland Police Officer Buddy Newsome's ashes.

Video surveillance gave detectives a tag number for a rental van involved in the crimes, and authorities say the van led them to Cardona.

Cardona faces multiple theft-related charges, along with a charge of destroying a monument or gravestone.

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