JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office have arrested a 36-year-old Buna woman in connection to allegations that she stole flowers from grave sites of a woman's two children at a cemetery located at 1850 FM 1004 back in November of 2016.
Jodi Lynette Powell, 36, of Buna, was arrested and charged with state-jail felony theft of property from a grave, human corpse, or military marker.
According to the probable cause arrested warrant East Texas News obtained Monday, a Jasper County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched put to a home on County Road 400 on Dec. 6, 2016 to speak to a woman about a theft that had occurred at the Antioch Cemetery.
The 55-year-old victim told the JCSO deputy that she has two children and a nephew that are buried in the Antioch Cemetery located at 1850 FM 1004 in Buna. She also told the deputy that a woman stole floral arrangements that had been placed on the grave markers of her two children.
In addition, the victim told the JCSO deputy that a similar incident occurred at about the same time the year before, the affidavit stated. She told the deputy that after that incident, she put a camera near the grave sites of her children.
The victim told the deputy that she reviewed the photos from the camera, and identified the suspect as someone she knew as Jodi Moss Powell, and the JCSO deputy identified that person as Jodi Lynette Powell.
According to the affidavit, the victim told the deputy that she knew Powell had a child buried in the cemetery near the grave sites of her children and nephew.
Later, the JCSO deputy matched the pictures from Powell's Facebook page to the pictures of the woman stealing the property from the cemetery.