Thief caught on video stealing ring from corpse lying in open casket


Thief stealing ring from dead woman 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest a thief who was caught on video stealing a ring from a corpse lying in an open casket at a funeral home, police in Texas said.

The Odessa Police Department said that the incident unfolded on Friday, at the Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

In a video posted on the Facebook page of the police department, the suspect can be seen is standing alone in front of the 88-year-old dead woman for a minute, apparently twisting a finger and removing the ring.

Police said that after stealing the ring, the suspect fled in a car.

The daughter of the woman whose funeral was scheduled for Monday, said that the family does not know the suspect.

The police department wrote: “At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Odessa Police responded to the Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home located at 6801 East Highway 80, in reference to a theft from a deceased person.

“Investigation revealed that approximately 5:30 p.m. on Friday, an unknown female subject stole a ring off a deceased person and fled the scene in a red or maroon 4-door Saturn.

“The suspect is described as a heavy set white female, wearing a brown long sleeve sweater, black sweat pants and black sandals.

“This is currently being investigated as a State Jail Felony. No arrests have been made and the investigation continues. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is encouraged to contact the police.”

Theft from a Deceased Person

Case #16-7866On 4-9-16 at approximately 1344 hours, Odessa Police responded to 6801 East Highway 80 (Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home) in reference to a theft from a deceased person. Investigation revealed that on 4-8-16 at approximately 1730 hours, an unknown female subject stole a ring off a deceased person and fled the scene in a red or maroon 4-door Saturn. The suspect is described as a heavy set white female wearing a brown long sleeve sweater, black sweat pants and black sandals. This is currently being investigated as a State Jail Felony. No arrests have been made and the investigation continues. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is encouraged to contact OPD or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS.

Posted by Odessa Police Department on Monday, April 11, 2016