Hospital Worker Accused of Stealing Jewelry off Dead Body

The woman's daughter noticed her mother's rings were gone

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010  |  Updated 7:49 AM CDT
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A former ER employee is accused of robbing the dead.

A 36-year-old Romeoville man admitted to taking and selling the wedding and engagement rings of Dolores Yukness after she died at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove earlier this month, said Deputy Police Chief Kurt Bluder. He faces pending felony theft charges, reports the Sun-Times.

Yukness' daughter, Kristen Yukness, noticed her mother's rings were missing during a veiwing at the funeral home, the Sun-Times reports.

Police tracked  the rings down at a Lansing jewelry store. The store already removed the six diamonds that once adorned the setting and planned to melt down the gold, police said.

A spokesperson for Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital said the suspect acted alone and no longer works there.

"We have extended our sincere apology to the Yukness family with regard to this unfortunate incident," said Jennifer Dooley.

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