ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The woman arrested and accused of stealing a ring from a corpse at an Odessa funeral home has a long history with law enforcement.
Kalynn Homfeld, 41, was arrested on Tuesday on charges of theft from a human corpse.
Odessa Police say they got tips nationwide, after following each lead police arrested Homfeld on the 200 block of Fitch Ave.
"It's just unbelievable that someone would ever do that," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur with Odessa Police Department.
Public records show Homfeld was arrested at least 16 times for various crimes.
"I've never heard of anything like this ever happening, it's very disturbing someone would have to steal from a deceased person," said LeSueur.
Those crimes include prostitution, theft of property, false identification, failure to maintain financial responsibility, failure to ID fugitive, DWI and possession of controlled substance.
Homfeld's last arrest was in May 2016, for a $17 theft at Albertsons.
Police said despite Homfeld's history of property theft it didn't make easier to identify her as the suspect.
"In a lot of cases we'll look at who has a history of doing this, who has a history of doing that. In this case, we've never had a history of anyone stealing from a deceased person," said LeSueur.
Odessa police said it only took about three minutes for Homfeld to enter the funeral home and commit the crime. It is still under investigation if she had any relation to the family.