TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) — South Florida authorities say a funeral home worker stole cash from a dead man’s home while preparing to remove the body.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office says a Service Corp. International employee went Thursday to the Tamarac home of 53-year-old Michael Bressler, who died of natural causes.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Dani Moschella says that while Armando Sardina was preparing to transport Bressler’s body, Bressler’s relatives noticed that $327 in cash was missing from a bank bag in the bedroom.

Moschella says Bressler’s brother-in-law confronted Sardina, who gave a deputy permission to search his vehicle. The sheriff’s office says Sardina apologized when a deputy found the money in his van.

Sardina was charged with grand theft. Service Corp. International spokeswoman Jessica McDunn says Sardina was fired and the company doesn’t tolerate theft.

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