Thief Steals Wedding Ring Off Woman in Open Casket

Family says skin was ripped from dead woman's finger
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2016 11:40 AM CDT

A Texas woman was caught on surveillance video stealing a wedding ring off the finger of a dead woman Friday, the Odessa American reports. The body of Lois Hicks, 88, was in an open casket at Odessa's Sunset Funeral Home. The woman's family had just left the funeral home after a visitation service when a stranger parked outside, came in, and asked to use the restroom. Instead, the funeral home's manager says, she walked into the room with Hicks' coffin, grabbed the ring off her finger, and left.

Hicks' daughter says some of her mother's skin was actually torn off during the theft. "I can't believe someone would be that low," she says. The surveillance video captured the alleged thief's license plate, and the family is pressing charges. The incident is being investigated as a felony, KOSA reports. The suspect is described as a heavy-set white woman who was wearing a brown long-sleeved sweater, black sweat pants, and black sandals at the time; she drove off in a red or maroon four-door Saturn. (More weird crimes stories.)

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