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Funeral home worker arrested for stealing from the dead

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Terrance Stubblefield Terrance Stubblefield

A Bay area funeral home employee has been arrested for stealing from the dead.

Pinellas County sheriff's investigators say it happened in Dunedin Thursday after 88-year-old Maryellen Woods passed away inside her home.

Authorities believe she died of old age.

They called for someone to transport her body, and say that's when 44-year-old Terrance Stubblefield arrived.

Stubblefield worked for Alternate Transport Service, Inc., and was contracted through the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home in Clearwater to complete the job.

He did what he was called to do, but deputies say he removed more than just the woman's body from the home. They say he also carried out $1,000 worth of her jewelry.

Investigators grew suspicious when they noticed a chain hanging from his pocket as he exited Woods' home, a chain that wasn't there when he arrived.

They took back the jewelry, which Woods' daughter confirmed did, in fact, belong to her mother.

They arrested Stubblefield for grand theft and booked him at the county jail on a $2,000 bond.

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