In April 2016, a Southern grandmother named Lois Hicks passed away in her hometown of Odessa, TX. She was 88 years old.
The next day, her grieving family gathered at a nearby funeral home to say goodbye to Lois. It wasn’t until they exited the building that a woman with no ties to the family snuck into the room.
At around 5:30 p.m., a female thief asked to use the funeral home’s restroom. But instead, she casually walked up to Lois in her casket, leaned over her body, pulled the diamond ring right off her finger, and fled in her vehicle! The shocking incident was captured on the funeral home’s security camera.
15 minutes later, Lois’ daughter, Vel, returned to the room to touch up her late mother’s makeup when she noticed the ring missing from her finger — and the skin around on her ring finger torn and raw.
“I can’t believe someone would be that low,” Vel told the Odessa American. “It makes me sick to my stomach.”
Lois’ entire family was hoping and praying the mystery criminal would be caught and punished for her despicable crime, but police couldn’t identify her at first.
After several days of trying to track her down, authorities arrested the 41-year-old thief and charged her with theft from a human corpse.
But here’s what the thief probably didn’t know at the time she stole Lois’ diamond ring.
It was a fake $10 plastic ring.
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