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Hearse stolen during church funeral

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A 28-year-old man has been charged with stealing a hearse from outside a Buffalo church while a funeral was underway.

Joe Brown of Buffalo tells CBS affiliate WIVB that he was among the pallbearers carrying his father's casket out of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday morning when the funeral director told them the hearse was gone.

Brown's family had to wait a half hour for another hearse to arrive.

Police recovered the hearse about two hours later in nearby North Tonawanda. Michael Healing, of Niagara Falls, has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle in connection with the theft.

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