Seth Furgason, 32, of Junction City, Wis., allegedly stole from the homes of recently deceased Wisconsinites, earning him the moniker the “obituary burglar” among law enforcement officials. Wisconsin Rapids Police officers arrested Furgason on Wednesday, April 17, after a search of his home produced evidence connecting him to burglaries reported at the homes where the residents had recently passed away.
Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department officials believe Furgason may have been involved with the theft of an Remington automatic 30-06 rifle, a .22 caliber revolver, and several chainsaws from a residence in Hale Township, Wis., The resident had passed away a few days before the robbery.
The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department collaborated on the search, which produced evidence linking Furgason to the Hale Township burglary and other “obituary burglaries” in Chippewa County, according to the report. Furgason’s girlfriend, a 23-year-old female of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., admitted to helping Furgason with some of the burglaries, according to the report.