DUNEDIN, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Deputies arrested a funeral home removal service employee who they say stole jewelry from a deceased victim while he was in the home to recover her body.
Deputies say they responded to a death investigation on the 1700 block of Pinehurst Road in Dunedin Thursday. During their investigation, deputies say an employee from Alternate Transport Service Inc., who was contracted through Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home in Clearwater, arrived to the home to remove the body.
As the employee was leaving the residence, deputies say they noticed a chain necklace hanging from the suspect’s pants pocket. Deputies say when they tried to stop the suspect, he put the jewelry inside the vehicle. And when they questioned him about it, deputies say he told deputies the jewelry belonged to his girlfriend.
Deputies say they were able to photograph the jewelry valued at $1,000 and show it to the victim's daughter who was able to identify that the jewelry belonged to the 88-year-old deceased woman. Deputies say they questioned the suspect again who then admitted to the theft allegations.
Deputies arrested the suspect who they identified as 44-year-old Terrance Stubblefield and charged him with grand theft, according to sheriff's officials.