An 88-year-old deceased woman was robbed of her wedding ring during an open casket visitation in Odessa, Texas.
According to several news reports, the incident occurred at around 5:40 p.m. inside the Sunset Funeral Home.
The unknown woman approached the body of Lois Hicks, who had passed away the day before, and began to wiggle the diamond ring off her left hand.
After a little struggle, the woman takes the ring and quickly heads toward the exit.
Vel McKee, Hicks’s daughter, said they had “only been gone for 15 minutes,” and noticed the ring was missing after tending to her mother’s hair and make-up.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” McKee said. “We just never dreamed that something like this would happen. Not in a million years.”
Hicks’s granddaughter posted an angry message the following day on Facebook, as well as an up-close photo of Hicks’s hand prior to the theft.
According to the funeral home’s manager, surveillance has also captured several photos of the woman’s license plate—who allegedly walked into the funeral home looking for the bathroom, but snuck into the visitation room instead.
The manager, who’s been in the industry for 40 years, said thefts like this are common but stated it was the first time it happened inside his funeral home.
Police have reached out to the media hoping to gain further information in the theft.