Bradford County Sheriff's Office arrest "Gravesite Grinch"

Published: Dec. 25, 2017 at 10:38 PM EST
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Amanda Clark of Lake Butler looks over the grave of her brother, James.

“His nickname was Greasy, he loved to work on cars… everybody loved him,” Clark said.

Clark remembers him as a good old country boy, with his Florida State barbecue grill and 'Gone Fishin’ license plate.

Earlier this month, his grill and a decorated Christmas tree was stolen.

“He had a Florida State flag, there was a bunch of stuff hanging up there,” Clark said.

Bradford County deputies had been looking for Jenni Hudkins, 34, in connection to multiple thefts from grave-sites.

“I could have replaced them but it was just that they took from him when it’s not theirs to take,” Clark said.

Jenni Hudkins was found early Christmas morning in a wooded area in the northwest 200B area of Bradford County.

“We exhausted everything we could. Even with all this technology. We could not have done this without the community's help. She’ll have her day in court. This was such an incident that touched our whole community,” Sheriff Gordon Smith of Bradford County said.

Hudkins is charged with dealing in stolen property and removing a monument from a grave-site with will have her first court appearance on Tuesday.

The Sheriff also says Hudkins didn’t act alone.

Janice Crawford was also arrested earlier this week but bonded out on a $25,000 bond.

“The investigation is still ongoing but has a connection to our suspect” Sheriff Smith said.

Sheriff Smith says there could be more suspects in the case, Clark says her brother would be proud to see Hudkins behind bars.

"He would definitely be happy. Especially if this was another family member, he would be doing everything in his power to get the stuff back,” Clark said.

Hudkin’s bond has been set to $100,000 and there could be an additional bond after her court date.