On Friday, the Barnstable County authorities arrested 35-year-old Randy Brunelle and charged with larceny, breaking and entering, and attempting to commit a crime. According to Brunelle’s arrest warrant, the Barnstable County man burglarized several homes while the tenants were at funerals or wakes.
Barnstable County Man Named the ‘Obit Bandit’ By Local Press
A Barnstable County Police Department spokesperson declared that, on Friday, Randy Brunelle, the individual who the press called the ‘Obit Bandit’ after his MO, was taken into custody.
The individual was arrested after traffic monitor officers stopped his car near Plymouth and discovered a rather large stash of jewelry and other objects stole from his victims.
According to the authorities, the ‘Obit Bandit’ had a rather peculiar way of choosing his targets. The man would consult the local newspapers’ obituary section to determine if he could plan a hit at the location.
Most of the times, while Brunelle broke into their homes, the owners were away either attending the funeral or wake of a relative.
The Barnstable County man came to the attention of the local authorities following a burglary in 2012. Back then, Brunelle entered the house of a Sandwich law enforcement official and stole valuables while the homeowner was attending his recently-departed mother’s funeral.
He was promptly arrested and served 18 months in prison before being released. Based on the reports, the Barnstable County authorities believe that the individual might have burglarized anywhere from two to seven houses since he was released from prison.
Brunelle’s most recent victim was a Cotuit homeowner who was attending his mother’s wake. The incident occurred on the 9th of February. Around the same period, Brunelle would target the home of an 89-year-old woman from Centerville but would shortly give up the job after discovering that the woman and her nurse were at home.
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