A Texas woman has been accused of dumping a body in a ditch after stealing a hearse from outside a store.
Police arrested Tanya Ray Albrecht, 28, from Bryan, Texas, six-and-a-half hours after she allegedly stole an unmarked tan Suburban being used as a hearse.
A man who was with her, Adam Craig Crow, 27, was also arrested.
The hearse driver had left the vehicle running and gone inside the store to buy a newspaper around 5.30am Friday when Albrecht reportedly climbed into the car and drove off, according to the Bryan-College Station Eagle.
She picked up Crow approximately 30 minutes after stealing the vehicle, according to the newspaper.
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Tanya Ray Albrecht, 28, left, and Adam Craig Crow, 27, right, were arrested Friday afternoon and were charged with the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after Albrecht allegedly stole a hearse
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The body and the stretcher it was on were dumped along a rural road 12 miles away from where the car was stolen. Police found the body just after 7am.
The identity of the corpse has not been released.
Police were on the lookout for the hearse and stopped it 20 miles away from where it was stolen, six-and-a-half hours later.
Friday’s arrest was the second time Albrecht, pictured, has been arrested in Brazos County. She was given a drug paraphernalia charge two months ago
Officers from the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office arrested Albrecht and Crow, who was driving at the time.
Both were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony, and using a fake license plate after they allegedly used a black marker to change a 3 into an 8 on the car’s license plate, according to police.
Crow was also charged with driving without a license.
In addition, Albrecht was charged with abuse of a corpse. The Class A misdemeanor has a maximum punishment of a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
This is Albrecht’s second arrest in Brazos County. Two months ago she given a drug paraphernalia charge, according to the Eagle.
Crow has been arrested at least 14 times in the county, according to the paper.
Albrecht and Crow were both being held in the Brazos County Jail, Albrecht on $12,000 bond and Crow on $9,000 bond.
Bryan Sgt. Jason James told the Eagle Albrecht might not have known the SUV was being used as a hearse when she stole it, since it was unmarked.
He said the case was still under investigation Saturday night.
After Albrecht allegedly stole the hearse, she dumped the body and the stretcher it was on by the side of the road,pictured. The corpse was found 90 minutes after the car was stolen