A little before 1 a.m. this morning, a 34-year-old man broke into a hearse at Hughes Funeral Home in northwest Dallas. He managed to take the casket out and abscond before officers arrived on scene. This was the high point of his night, we're guessing.
With the casket in tow, the man, Angel Jamaica, went to his sister's, on Browder Street in South Dallas. From the funeral home, that's about 10 miles. After his sister saw him and the casket, she called the police. It was now around 1:30 a.m. The sister told dispatch that her brother had dug up their father's corpse from a cemetery and brought him home.
When the officers arrived to the sister's house, police say, they realized her brother matched the description of the suspect who stole the casket from a hearse. Both the brother and the sister told the cops it was a prank. Their dearly departed dad, they told police, remained in the ground.
The officers arrested the alleged casket-stealer for public intoxication. The casket has found a new home at the Dallas Police property room.
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