A man in Caneyville, Kentucky has been charged with allegedly stealing a ring off the finger of his dead girlfriend while attending her funeral.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before. I’ve been an officer for 20 plus years,” police officer Anthony Clark said of the bizarre crime. “They had a person that was acting strange, and an allegation had been made that a ring was missing.”
The person in question is 33-year-old William Mitchell, who is thought to have had a romantic relationship with the woman whose funeral he attended at the Dermitt-Joyce funeral home in June.
“He had a relationship with the deceased; I think it was a boyfriend-girlfriend,” cited Clark. “But that’s why he was there.”
Mitchell has since been indicted by a Grayson County grand jury for theft after allegedly taking the ring right from the woman’s hand.
“It was on her finger in the casket. It was taken from the woman’s body.”
Mitchell didn’t fess up to taking the ring, but did admit to breaking into someone’s car outside the funeral home.
Police say they recovered a stolen cell phone, wallet, cash and credit card. They were even able to recover the ring, so that it could be returned to the woman wearing it.
“My main concern was getting the ring back to that family.”