BARNSTABLE (CBS) – Police arrested a man dubbed the “obit bandit” after he allegedly broke into several homes while residents attended funerals or wakes.

UPDATE: ‘Obit Bandit’ Blames Drug Habit For String Of Break-Ins

Plymouth resident Randy Brunelle, 35, was found guilty in 2012 of breaking into the home of a Sandwich police officer’s mother while the officer attended her funeral. He served 18 months in jail for the crime.

Since his release, Barnstable Police said Brunelle used the same technique during other break-ins.

Friday night, police followed Brunelle’s Honda Civic while other detectives went to possible homes of residents who were attending funeral services in the Barnstable area.

A break-in was discovered in Cotuit, and Brunelle was pulled over as he drove home.

randybrunelle Police: Obit Bandit Broke Into Homes While Residents Attended Funerals

Randy Brunelle. (Image Credit: Barnstable Police Department)

Officers found jewelry in Brunelle’s sweatshirt pockets and he was arrested.

The Cotuit resident returned from her mother’s wake and positively identified the jewelry as having been stolen from her home.

Brunelle was charged for the break-in, and also for two similar incidents that happened in September and December 2017 in Osterville. Both break-ins occurred while widows attended funeral services for their late husbands.

Police said Brunelle is also suspected of breaking into other homes in the Plymouth and Mashpee area.

Anyone whose home was broken into during a wake or funeral in the last several years is asked to contact Barnstable Police.

Comments (12)
  1. This is the oldest trick in the book. For as far back as I can remember, we ALWAYS had someone stay at the house of the deceased during calling hours and the funeral.

  2. tngilmer says:

    This happened when my parents died in 1981. There are always evil people waiting to take advantage.

  3. hitrestart1 says:

    What a rotten pos vulture! No conscience, no morals, no soul.

  4. Too bad he didnt try mine. My buddy asked me if there was anything he could do for me when my sister died. I said yeah, stay at our place during the funeral and guard against burglars. Had they shown up, he and his son would have blasted them. Shame our society has come to this,

  5. What a loser! I don’t think he’s even smart enough to be evil.
    His is the saddest and lowest state of any man – either so inured to pain that he’s lost all human empathy, or so evil as to exploit human pain without the least remorse. It does not matter. He owes an immense debt to his victims. On the basis of that fact alone, a good judge would not be second guessed for putting his sorry ass out of the way for a very long time. Maybe a good program will find him (probably not) – but he has not shown any desire to go out looking for one.

  6. this is one of the stories that you booby trap shotguns while your away from home.my house is booby trapped every time i leave for work,i ahe no worries about being ripped off…if you see that fat loser beat the shyte out of him

  7. Never post obit online or in the paper, centuries old moto.

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