Car Thief Steals Hearse With A Body In The Back

Police later recovered the black Lincoln Navigator -- and the body -- on a South Los Angeles freeway after it crashed during a pursuit.

Police in California on Thursday recovered a black SUV that was stolen hours earlier from outside a Pasadena church — with a corpse in the back.

The Lincoln Navigator outfitted as a hearse was taken from outside the Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church on Rosemead Boulevard at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, according to authorities.

“Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter:

Hours later, a motorist spotted the stolen vehicle on the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles and alerted police, reported KTLA. A pursuit ended when the SUV crashed.

Officers took the driver into custody and confirmed that a casket with the body was inside the vehicle, according to TMZ.

This article has been updated to include the recovery of the hearse and body.

David Moye contributed reporting.