Grave robbing has been going on for ages, but what one Texas woman did to a corpse has taken many people aback. The perpetrator must have assumed her ghastly deed would go unnoticed. Had it not been for security cameras capturing the whole scene, this might have been true.
The theft occurred Friday at the Sunset Funeral Home in Odessa, Texas. Eighty-eight-year-old Lois Hicks had passed away, her corpse laying in wait at the funeral home, when a thief entered the place of business and proceeded to fumble through Mrs. Hicks pockets. Not finding anything, the thief then took a ring off the hand of the corpse.
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The ring, only valued at $10 monetarily, was priceless to Mrs. Hicks as a symbol of her devotion to Gayle, her late husband who passed three years prior. Vel McKee, Hicks’ daughter said, “It makes me sick to my stomach.”
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“Horrible. I hope they catch her,” she said, after seeing video of the theft.
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The thief, who has not yet been identified, was wearing a brown long sleeve sweater, black sweatpants and black sandals. She was also driving a red or maroon Saturn, although the license plate was not legible from the video footage obtained by police.
The crime would have been a misdemeanor if Mrs. Hicks had still been alive, but since she had already passed, the petty crime is now a felony under state law. Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueuer said the woman is now wanted for felony theft of a corpse but more charges could be filed because the thief tore the skin on Mrs. Hicks’ finger while in the process of removing the ring.