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Authorities say suspect used obituaries to target homes for burglary


PORTAGE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities believe a burglar in central Wisconsin is using newspaper obituaries to target the homes of people who recently died.

Portage County sheriff’s deputies say three break-ins between July and September in the Junction City area appear to be related. And Portage County deputies are working with officers in neighboring Wood County, where a series of burglaries around Milladore appear to be related.

One other break-in is also being investigated in nearby Marathon County.

Deputies say jewelry, electronics, and up to $3,000 were taken in the Junction City burglaries.

Portage County detective Wayne Kropidlowski said officers have seen these types of crimes in the past, but they don’t happen very often. He said it takes a certain type of person to break into the home of a person who just died.

Kropidlowski says the stolen merchandise often gets sold privately or at pawn shops. Officers say they have a line on one possible suspect.