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‘Obit Bandit’ indicted by a Massachusetts grand jury

BARNSTABLE, Mass. – A grand jury has indicted Massachusetts a man who police say broke into homes while residents attended wakes or funerals.

The Cape Cod Times reports 35-year-old Randy Brunelle was indicted on seven counts Friday, including three counts of felony burglary, three counts of larceny from a building and one count of attempt to commit a crime.

The police, who deemed Brunelle the “obit bandit,” believe he is responsible for at least three break-ins on Cape Cod. Plymouth police say that he is a suspect in five similar burglaries in their city.

Brunelle was arrested Feb. 9, after he allegedly broke into a Barnstable home while the resident was living with her mother in the wake.

He pleaded not guilty.

Brunelle’s lawyer previously said his client had an addiction to heroin.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodtimes.com

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