A security camera captured a woman stealing a ring off a dead woman at a funeral home when the family was saying their final goodbye.
Inside Edition shared the video of the woman stealing at a funeral home in Odessa, Texas, on April 8, 2016.
A woman named Lois Hicks passed away and her family and friends gathered to at a funeral home to bid her goodbye.
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There was one woman who walked into the funeral home. She parked her vehicle and asked to use the restroom.
However, instead of going to the bathroom, she approached Hicks’ casket. At first, it seemed like she was going to pay her respect.
She leaned over only to pull out a diamond ring off her finger before running away. All the action was captured by security cameras in the funeral home.
About 15 minutes later, Hicks’ daughter, Vel McKee, returned to the room to make sure everything was okay. Upon close inspection, she noticed that the ring was missing and the skin on her mother’s finger had been torn.
“I can’t believe someone would be that low. It makes me sick to my stomach. Horrible. I hope they catch her.”
Vel McKee, Odessa American, April 9, 2016.
Everyone present and those who later watched the video on the internet were shocked beyond words to learn that someone would steal from a dead person. The family hoped the perpetrator would be punished for the act.
The General Manager of the funeral home, Bill Vallie, said that they cannot restrict anyone. However, the cameras installed all over the facility helped the police track down the woman’s vehicle.
He added that it was the first time such an incident occurred at the funeral home since it began operations in 1999.
Authorities did arrest the woman several days later and charged her with theft from a human corpse.
It was not the luckiest day for the thief as she lost in more than one ways. She faced criminal charges for stealing the ring that was not real! In fact, it was a plastic ring worth $10.
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