Hearse stolen outside church with casket inside

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Posted: Dec 28, 2014 5:13 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pastor's wife says a hearse was stolen from outside a Southern California church ahead of funeral services with a casket inside.

The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday (http://lat.ms/1H8pjVe ) that the hearse was idling outside Ebenezer Baptist Church in South Los Angeles while the funeral director arranged flowers for Saturday morning services for 19-year-old Jonté Lee Reed.

Shirley Little, the pastor's wife, says the director called ministry friends for help when he saw the hearse was missing.

Little says family members driving to the funeral had been notified and stopped the hearse four blocks from the church.

KTLA-TV reports that police detained the man, whose mental condition will be evaluated.

Little says the hearse was returned and the funeral was only delayed by 30 minutes.