Six men who allegedly stole valuables from coffins while working for the now-defunct Urban Services Department appeared in court yesterday. Crematorium workers Siu Yat-heung, 50, Wong Chi-sum, 37, Lee Kim-wah, 46, Ko Yee-chiu, 52, Yan Kwok-yin, 38, and Lam Chi-keung, 65, faced a total of 21 charges of theft at Eastern Court. They were said to have stolen items including jewellery, coins and shoes from coffins at the Cape Collinson Crematorium. The earliest alleged offence dated back to 1976. Former senior foreman Lau Tat-ho, 49, also faces one count of soliciting and one of accepting an advantage for not reporting the thefts. It is alleged he received a tie, a pair of jeans and a woman's watch, suspected to have been stolen from coffins. No pleas were entered and magistrate Ian Candy adjourned the case to August 9. Lam was released on $3,000 bail and the rest on $10,000 bail.