If there’s anything that can be said about the deceased, it’s that they’re generally quiet – so quiet, in fact, that a man in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico stole a hearse without a bit of concern as to whether or not there was a body in the back. There was, but the 80-year-old deceased man, who was being transported to a local funeral home, didn’t make a peep inside his casket, and the suspect – one Annibal Saul N. – allegedly forced police to give chase in order to recover the hearse and its contents.
The hearse in question was a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado with a Cadillac Escalade front-end conversion, upfitted with a canopy over the roof and cargo bed. That canopy had the tell-tale decorative landau bars – the distinctive “S”-shaped insignias – that we’ve come to associate exclusively with hearses, so there was no mistaking the vehicle for something not-a-hearse.
So why, then, did a man in Guadalajara steal the Cadillac/Silverado, despite likely recognizing it as a hearse, and thus, probably knowing that a body might possibly be in the vehicle? Reportedly, it’s because he saw the truck left unattended with the keys in the ignition, and decided to capitalize on the opportunity.
Suspect Annibal Saul N. reportedly didn’t make it very far with the Cadillac-conversion Chevrolet Silverado hearse before police caught up with him, and both the vehicle and the stoic body in back were recovered undamaged. We don’t expect that the “I saw an opportunity, so I acted” defense will hold up in court, but we may find out soon enough; according to local police, the suspect’s files have been turned over to prosecutors.
The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was available with a range of Generation-IV small-block V8s, as well as a 4.3L V6 that could be optioned with a manual transmission in the Mexican market. The Cadillac Escalade of the time was based on the same GMT 900-series truck platform family.