Men burgle home of acquaintance as his body prepped for funeral

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Posted: Jul 29, 2011 11:58 AM
Men burgle home of acquaintance as his body prepped for funeral

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Two Pennsylvania men were arrested for burglarizing the home of an acquaintance as his body was being prepared for his funeral, police said on Friday.

Douglas Hamer, 50, and Francis DeMarco, 48, climbed through a window after removing an air conditioner at the Fayette City home of Buddy Ferris, who died of natural causes on Saturday at age 71, according to Fayette Borough Police Chief Larry Wilson.

The men stole bottles of liquor, money and a military-style dagger, he said.

During the burglary on Monday afternoon, Ferris' body was at a nearby funeral home where a visitation was scheduled for later that day.

"They all knew each other - it wasn't a random thing," Wilson said. "They took advantage of an opportunity they had there, an unfortunate opportunity."

Police began an investigation after receiving a 911 call that led to the arrests.

The men were being held at the Fayette County Jail on charges of burglary, conspiracy and trespassing. It was not immediately known if they had an attorney.

(Reporting by Daniel Lovering; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)