Police: Family members burglarize home during homeowner's funeral

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Three family members decided to take advantage of a funeral visitation to steal from the deceased's home, the Bell County Sheriff's Department said.

Three people decided to take advantage of a funeral visitation to steal from the deceased's home, the Bell County Sheriff's Department said.

On Thursday around 5:45 p.m., Bell County Dispatch got a call of a burglary in progress at a home on Balkan Road. The man who lived in that home died on Monday and most of the family was at the visitation.

This is, unfortunately, a familiar issue that police run into. Police say, if people in the community know someone died, it can make the home a target.

Which police say, just makes it harder on the family, dealing with the loss of their loved one.

"It's sad you know, and it makes you wonder about society itself," says Bell County Sheriff Mitchell Williams.

Deputies and Kentucky State Police troopers responded to the scene and found a trail through the kudzu behind the home.

The trail led them to the daughters of the deceased, Mary Johnson, 36, and Dolly Brock, 40. Mary's husband, George Johnson, 38, was also there.

Deputies said George refused to show them his hands. They used chemical spray to get him to follow their orders. George was allegedly laying on a red crowbar that he was trying to grab during the confrontation. Deputies said he appeared to be under the influence of drugs as well.

Williams says this happens to be an area that officers have received several burglary complaints about, so they have been patrolling the area often, which police say could have been a factor in the quick response time.

George was charged with menacing, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing, public intoxication, and an outstanding warrant.

Mary was charged with criminal trespassing. Brock was charged with criminal trespassing and public intoxication.

Sheriff Williams says if anyone who loses a loved one would like for officers to watch their home during their funeral, they would be glad to help.

"We've done it before, but we just need a call at our request to have it done and we'll make sure it happens," Williams says.

Officers say there is an ongoing investigation in the case.




 
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