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Stolen limb: Former St. Lucie firefighter charged

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PORT ST LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A St. Lucie County firefighter, who took an amputated leg from an accident scene, has been charged with a crime.

Cynthia Economou now faces petty theft for taking the leg home with her. It stems from a crash last September on I-95 in Port St. Lucie.

Karl Lambert lost his leg, and Economou was one of the paramedics who responded to the scene. She took the leg home and put it in her freezer - possibly for her side business of training cadaver dogs.

So why was she only charged with petty theft?

"I can assure you that, as grotesque as this seems, we've looked at all the statutes, and we've decided to charge her with a petty theft charge," stated Lt. Tim Frith, Florida Highway Patrol.

Petty theft involves anything worth less than $300 or if a value cannot be placed on the item.

Lambert's mother tells us by phone Karl is now going to physical therapy.

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