January 26, 2009
Cindy Economou - Former Firefighter Arrested On Charges That She Stole A Man’s Freshly Amputated Foot For Use With Cadaver Dog
Ft. Pierce, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Cindy Economou, a 38-year-old former St. Lucie County firefighter was arrested Monday on accusations that she stole a car accident victim's amputated foot and then stored it in her freezer.
Florida Highway Patrol officers arrested Economou Monday afternoon on a charge of petit theft after investigators say she admitted to removing the man's foot after it had been amputated at a car crash scene.
The victim, 46-year-old Karl Lambert, lost his foot in an accident that occurred on the morning of September 19. Rescue workers were forced to amputate the man's foot in order to extricate him from the vehicle. He was then flown by life-flight to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.
Police say Economou took the victim's foot without his knowledge or consent. She told investigators that she took the foot for the purpose of training her personal cadaver dog.
Economou was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on a single charge of 2nd-degree petit theft. She was released on a promise to appear in court. Officials say the foot is valued at $100, but less than $300, in accordance with state law.
Economou subsequently resigned from the St. Lucie County Fire Department approximately 4 months ago.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Well, at least we know the legal value of a foot. Would any medical professionals out there like to explain why the foot wouldn't have been packed up and flown to the hospital with the victim? Perhaps that's where this problem started to begin with.
The Weekly Vice
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