Dunedin, Florida -- A funeral home removal service employee has been arrested and charged with stealing jewelry from a Dunedin woman while he was in her home to recover her body.

Deputies say they responded to a death investigation at 1701 Pinehurst Road, Unit 23D, in Dunedin around 12:46 p.m. Thursday. During their investigation, Terrance Stubblefield, an employee from Alternate Transport Service Inc., who was contracted through Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home in Clearwater, arrived at the home to remove MaryEllen Woods' body.

As Stubblefield was leaving the home, deputies noticed a chain necklace hanging from his pants' pocket. Deputies attempted to stop him, but he entered his vehicle and placed the jewelry inside. Deputies questioned him about the jewelry and he told them the jewelry belonged to his girlfriend.

A man has been charged with stealing a dead woman's necklace as he was removing her body from her home.

Deputies photographed the jewelry -- valued at approximately $1,000 -- and showed it to Woods' daughter who was able to identify it as her mother's. Deputies again questioned Stubblefield who admitted to the theft.

Stubblefield, 44, has been charged with grand theft.

The investigation continues.


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