House Burglarized While Owners At Funeral

MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO/KEYC) — A Mankato couple’s home was burglarized while the two were attending a funeral, as reported by KEYC-TV in Mankato.

Chuck and Roxanne Schwab said they were attending the funeral of a family member in Janesville when someone broke into their house.

“We just sat there going, ‘Really?’,” said Roxanne Schwab.

The couple got married at the beginning of October, but had their reception only a few days ago. Unfortunately, Chuck Schwab’s father passed away last week, and the newlyweds were attending his funeral.

The burglar or burglars left almost everything, except for cash. The Schwabs’ wedding cards had cash in them, there was money on their dresser. The money from their adult foster resident’s lockbox, which included his savings for Christmas shopping, was also taken.

“Kind of like they knew exactly what to go for — in and out very quickly,” said Roxanne Schwab. “Makes sense to me. How much more obvious that a house is going to be empty? Everyone goes to the funeral.”

Shocking as it might seem, Waseca County authorities say it isn’t uncommon for burglars to strike during a funeral.

“In the obituaries, it’s right in the paper,” said Sheriff Brad Milbrath. “All the family is involved the day of funeral or when the wake is going on, so they pretty much can predict that they won’t be around.”

Although most of their money was taken, the Schwabs regret not being able to thank the ones who sent the cards that were stolen, but they’re hoping getting the word out will help prevent further break-ins.

  • JamieinMN

    Guaranteed it was someone they knew. Sad how family and friends can turn on you in an instant, just for some piddly cash.

  • Dave Seavy

    The best way to help prevent this is to have a friend or neighbor that’s not attending the services to babysit the home. This has been a problem all over – since the decedent’s address is usually published, and family members’ names are in the obit more often than not. No need to hire a security firm – especially one that uses a forum such as this to advertise. People always offer to help when someone dies – take them up on the offer and have them watch your home. It’s free and you’re not putting your home in the hands of strangers.

  • Mary

    Freinds and neighbors are a big help but not always available. We do not enter the home so PYPP Security is a safe alternative.

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