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UPDATE: Man believed to be burglarizing homes using obituaries charged

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JUNCTION CITY, Wis. (AP) - A 32-year-old man is accused in Chippewa County of stealing from the dead.

Seth Furgason of Junction City is charged with stealing from the estate of a Town of Howard man who died from cancer in March.

The Chippewa Herald reports Furgason is charged with armed burglary, theft and possessing a firearm by a felon.

According to the complaint, a semi-automatic handgun and boxes of baseball cards from the 1960s, `70s and `80s were taken from the dead man's home, along with two chain saws and a debut issue of Sports Illustrated.

Furgason's girlfriend told investigators he was involved in similar burglaries in two other counties. The girlfriend said she drove Furgason at the crime scenes.

Furgason's attorney, Matt Torgerson, says he just received the complaint and had no comment.

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Chippewa County (Press Release) - On March 11, 2013 the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence in the Town of Howard that was reported burglarized.

Stolen items included: a chainsaw, handgun and thousands of dollars in baseball cards. The burglar also attempted to steal a vehicle but it would not start.

In the investigation it was noted that the occupant of the residence had passed away on March 8 and numerous phone calls had been made to the residence in the following days.

Chippewa County investigators developed a person of interest and linked the subject to numerous other burglaries that had the same common occurrence, repeated phone calls to the deceased person's residence.

Chippewa County investigators associated the person of interest to other similar criminal activity in Shawano County, Trempealeau County, Portage County and Dunn County. Those jurisdictions were notified and participated in a search warrant drafted by Chippewa County Sheriff investigators of a residence in Wisconsin Rapids.

With the initial information of the person identified as Seth R. Furgason, 32, as developed by the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department took Furgason into custody on April 16, 2013.

The preceding search warrant of the residence at 340 11th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids resulted in the arrest of Casandra M. Miller, 24, and the recovery of items taken in multiple burglaries.

Furgason remains in custody in Chippewa County for a body only warrant from Probation and Parole as well as numerous criminal charges related to the activity identified in multiple jurisdictions.

It is expected other criminal activity related to Furgason's search of obituaries and targeting those locations will encompass more jurisdictions than those initially identified.

This is an ongoing investigation.

There are no mugshots of the burglars available at this time.

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