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"Obit Burglar" Says Items Were Illegally Seized From His Home


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WHBL) - A Sheboygan Falls man accused of burglarizing the homes of dead people he read about on the obituary page is appealing the case. The attorney for 62-year-old Dennis Petrie said police illegally seized numerous items from his home without having a warrant. Circuit Judge Timothy Van Akkeren said the police didn’t need a warrant because his wife allowed officers to find evidence in his home and they did not coerce her in the process.  On Wednesday Petrie pleaded no contest to the first four charges against him, but 38 others are still pending. They’re all connected with thefts of about 60 guns and other items stolen from numerous homes over a number of years, after Petrie allegedly used newspaper obituaries to identify the victims. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on the four charges January 18th, and he remains free on a signature bond for now.  Police said the stolen items came from estate sales, or while relatives were attending funerals.